Entertainment

102 minutes 2015

“What’s the difference between Courtney Love and the American flag?” whines the stand-up comedian. “It would be wrong to urinate on the American flag.” Welcome to the world of Neil Hamburger, a cult performer (real name: Gregg Turkington) who wears bus-window glasses, an old-school Vegas tux, and a comb-over that could pass for a Georgia O’Keeffe painting. Cranky and phlegmatic, Hamburger is the central character in Entertainment, a daring and mainly successful black comedy about a dour and depressive comedian on a dead-end tour of California. Many of his jokes spring from an undisguised contempt for celebrities, so you know he’s not going to turn up on The Tonight Show anytime soon. When his jokes bomb, he scolds the audience members for their ingratitude; when his obscene verbal takedown of a drunken woman impels her to throw a drink at him, he drives her out of the bar with an even viler stream of invective. Continue reading>>

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