With nothing more than a punchline and a dream, these struggling artists transformed themselves into comedy legends. Here is a rare opportunity to see some of today’s greatest stars perform the routines that would one day make them kings of comedy.
From the best oddball gems from overseas to the home grown “Party Movies” that so many independent filmmakers cut their teeth on….we’ve got some of the greats.
And of course there is always stand-up.
Before They Were KingsThe Whole Damn Thing!
Dave Chappelle, Martin Lawrence, Steve Harvey, Keenan Wayans, Chris Rock, DL Hughley, Arsenio Hall, AJ Jamal, Happy Cole
JAY LENOThe 1984 Los Angeles Comedy Competition
Jay Leno, Ray Combs, Fred Willard, Steve Oedekerk, Howie Gold
America’s best-known comedian hosts the 1984 LA Comedy Competition. The show includes 25 minutes of Leno’s world-famous nightclub act from that era. Fred Willard is hilarious as one of the celebrity judges.
Shane Jacobson, Eve von Bibra, Chris Davis, Jesse Jacobson, Ronald Jacobson
Directed by: Clayton Jacobson
This hilarious mockumentary film follows the numerous misadventures of a porta-john worker through both his personal and professional life, including an oddly glamorous excursion to the Pumper & Cleaner Expo in Nashville, TN.
“The funniest film I’ve seen all year”—Oscar winning filmmaker Michael Moore
La Covid Vita
Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Jane Alexander, Remo Girone
Directed by: Marco Serafini
Set during the Covid-19 lockdown in Italy, the film is a collection of stories chronicling how people dealt with restrictions on freedom, regulations and habits.
TV: The Movie
Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Sam Maccarone
Directed by: Sam Maccarone
“Jackassian” stunts combined with sketch comedy form the basis of this demented channel-surfing adventure for the unfocused youth of the world. From “Fear Factor” to “Wife Swap” to “The Apprentice” to “Girls Gone Wild”, nothing is off limits.
“A movie that dares you to watch it…Steve-O [is] the poster boy for a lack of foresight, getting thoroughly drunk and stoned”—Richmond Times-Dispatch
The Other Brother
Mekhi Phifer, André Blake, Michele Morgan, Tangi Miller
Directed by: Mandel Holland
Martin has spent his life being a good son, a good brother and a good friend, but his luck with women is all bad. Upon meeting Paula, the pretty young art professor who lives upstairs, Martin’s lack of experience is all too apparent. Enter brother Junnie, the quintessential “player.” He offers to teach Martin how to become a chick magnet, and Martin desperately agrees.
A FRESH, FUNNY FILM. Distinctly of Harlem, and absolutely universal…marks the emergence of a wonderfully assured new filmmaking voice.—Sedona International Film Festival
Oversexed Rugsuckers from MarsMust be seen to be believed
Dick Monda, Billybob Rhoads
Directed by: Michael Paul Girard
Tiny Martians use Earth as a laboratory to try out new life forms. They return after ten million years only to find that the human experiment is a complete failure. They decide to mate a human with a vacuum cleaner to create a species that will be better at cleaning up after itself, but a programming error by a drunken Martian sends the oversexed cleaner on a wild rampage of rape, murder and overall bad manners.
“MY SICKEST PLEASURE”
Rude: Rudy Ray Moore LIVE
Rudy Ray Moore, Leroy & Skillet
Directed by: Cliff Roquemore
Rudy Ray Moore brings his infamous original rap-comedy to the screen, featuring the routines that earned him the title “The Godfather of Rap”.
Rudy Ray Moore: Live at Wetlands
Rudy Ray Moore
Directed by: Donald H. Randell
Rudy Ray Moore returns to his R&B roots in this incredible September, 2000 live performance at Wetlands, N.Y.C. The man who taught America how to rap is back to show us how to sing the Blues.
“…he wisecracked his way through a world of uncontrollable lusts and endless battles: men challenging men for dominance, and women demanding that men perform.”—The New York Times
Black Spring Break: The Movie"Movie Pick of the Month" by B.E.T.'s Teen Summit!
Daron "Southboy" Fordham, Kenny Flyy, Le Kisha Raine, Tonya Harris, Demetrius Warton
Directed by: Marlon Parry
An All-American college football star takes a vacation only to find himself pursued by sports agents and gold diggers. Filmed on location in Daytona Beach during the 1997 Black Spring Break.
Q: The Movie
Brian Hooks, Kelita Smith, Darryl Brunson
Directed by: Barry Bowles
Cedrik (Brian Hooks- Soul Plane, UPN’s “Eve”) has been left in charge of his parents’ house with the promise of a new Jeep if he doesn’t have any wild parties or female “companionship” in their absence. But they never said anything about a barbecue…
Brian Hooks, Stickey Fingaz, Kym Whitley, Traci Bingham, E-40, Kent Masters-King
Directed by: Barry Bowles
Three friends head for the Boogie Beach Bash in Malibu, where they’re outnumbered 5 to 1 by some of the Golden State’s finest—and not so finest—female forms at the biggest party they’ve ever seen! Rated R Director’s Cut version.
“The classic ROAD MOVIE meets the classic BEACH PARTY film…with an URBAN EDGE!”
SHAKE DANCE: Twerkin’ Old Skool
The strippers of Atlanta's famous "Gold Coast"
Directed by: Jay Ski McGowan
PARIS, DIVINE, TROUBLE, HENESSEY and BABYDOLL are all world-class practitioners of an exotic dance technique known as the Shake Dance. Performing for packed houses in Atlanta’s notorious Gold Coast region, they are part of an elite class of stripper, capable of shaking their lower bodies to music driving at up to 140 beats per minute. Some see themselves as artists. Some are in it for the money. None of them are going back to their day jobs any time ... Read more