EXCLUSIVE: Nearly six years after Punching The Clown won Best Narrative Feature at the Slamdance Film Festival, a sequel is in the works. Henry Phillips returns to star in Still Punching The Clown, which he again co-wrote with director Gregori Viens. David Permut, Matt Ratner and Rick Rosenthal are producing the pic, which also stars J.K. Simmons, Sarah Silverman, Mike Judge, Jim Jefferies, Derek Waters, Ellen Ratner, Ginger Gonzaga and stand-up comedians Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser and Doug Stanhope.
Still Punching The Clown follows Phillips’ misadventures as a stand-up comic attempting to make a name for himself amid myriad trials and tribulations as he tries to balance success with artistic integrity. Watch the trailer for the original 2009 pic above.
The film is a co-production of Permut Presentations, Tilted Windmill Productions and Whitewater Films, in association with Tunnel Post, Kandoo Films and Lola’s Productions. It’s the second teaming of Permut, Ratner and Rosenthal following writer-director Stephen Belber’s Match, starring Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, which IFC Films opens January 14.