The NYC Comedy Set Steps Out for a Premiere of The Comedian
Written By Leslie Roberts
One of the hardest obstacles of making a film about stand-up comedy is that faking laughs it’s much harder then it looks.
Stand Up Comedy is all about proper timing – but then again, last night we found ourselves at one of the biggest party at the Museum of Modern Art at the exact right time the Cinema Society’s screening of The Comedian. Which stars Robert De Niro and directed by Taylor Hackford, the movie is described as part comedy and part drama. The story is of a washed up sitcom star Jackie Burke who tries to lift up his career as a stand up comedian. “Bob De Niro is not a stand up comic,” Hackford said. “He’s a really great actor, but he worships comedians.” The crowd was a variety of both: costars Danny DeVito, Leslie Mann, and Edie Falco, as well as Helen Mirren, Judd Apatow, Trevor Noah, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson all came out to show their support. “De Niro” was very dedicated and worked extremely hard on his stand up craft and wanted to be as authentic as possible onscreen” Hackford said. “We must have seen 50 different comics, before he chose his style.”
Jessica Kirson, a very funny female comic her task was as the consultant for the feature film, tried to repair the issues by telling jokes to reheat up the crowd. “I kept trying to get the audience to stay upbeat,” she said. “It’s De Niro, so they’re excited. But hours later, they are down. He told me: ‘They seem tired.’”
The director Taylor was accompanied by his lovely wife, Mirren, who was very fashionable in her Dolce & Gabbana dress and Yellow Zara faux-fur stole draped over the top. “It’s lovely to wear a beautiful designer from head to toe, but I’ve been longing to wear this coat!” Mirren said.
It was a real NYC comedy scene with the movie backdrop, The Friars club was authentic fit for the wrap up party. The private space has a membership for many stand up comedians and has feated many celebrity roasts over the last decade.
When asked with the question, Who would you love most to roast? Noah took the political route: “I hope he doesn’t skip out of it, but it would be Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents’ dinner.” DeVito, on the other hand, was quick to offer a joke: “It depends—sometimes I’m in the mood for vegetables, sometimes chicken, and sometimes fish.”