Comics, comic performances and comic films.
Laughter makes the world endurable, it makes it work and sometimes; it makes the world make sense. Traditions and genres and people vary but laughter is the best medicine and these are a few Homeless Cinema favourites.
Relentless 1992 1:00:44
Bill Hicks: Outlaw American comedian from the 80's and early 90s - in the smoky nightclub, free form, tradition of Lenny Bruce. Relentless is a live album by standup comedian, Bill Hicks. It was his second CD release, and his last one before his death from pancreatic cancer in February 1994. Recorded at the Centaur Theatre during the annual Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada. Outrageous honest, insightful and dead funny. One of a series of perfromances he made now available on DVD at various outlets.
Abbott & Costello: 'Who's on first?' sketch 6;10
One of the most famous comedy sketches of the 20th century and this is one of the best versions. This sketch has been done many times and many places starting on Off Broadway and later incorported into many different formats.
His Girl Friday 1940 (1:28:12)
Directed by Howard Hawks, starring Gary Grant and Rosalind Russell.
Russell is rough and tumble reporter looking to get out of the news racket by marrying and becoming a house wife after her divorce from newspaper publisher Grant.
Along with plenty of laughs and fast paced dialog this film provides a witty and cynical look at news business. There is a slight audio sync problem in the first couple minutes of the film. Production Credits
At War With The Army 1950
1:30:32 The first of several highly succesful lewis and martin film comedies. Jerry is a not-cut-out-for-the-army private who helps womanizing sergeant Dean Martin iron out some of the wrinkles in his love life. A formula that wopuld later make them the darlings of Cahiers Du Cinema despite being dismissed in their home soil. Production credits
On the Beat - Norman Wisdom 1962
1:14:27 Norman wants to be a policeman like his father was, but he fails the height test (amongst others). One day he gets out his father's old uniform and "walks the beat". Very Funny highly refined English vaudeville silliness from Chaplin onwards; mistaken intentions, sight gags, pathos - all old school basics. Production Credits
A Hard Day's Night w The Beatles (1964) 1;24:28
Comedy and music are combined to make this pastiche of a day in the life of The Beatles during 1964. The film has been praised as a benchmark for music film production, and remains influential to this day. Director Dick Lester used a documentary style of filming to capture the claustrophobia of Beatlemania, and writer Alun Owen delivered a script which epitomised the quick witted humour of the band. (italian subtitles) Production credits