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Winner of the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, this realistic comedy tells the story of Henry Phillips, a hapless modern day troubadour who grinds his way through the heartland, living out of his car and singing his twisted satirical songs to anyone who will listen. After a booking mishap involving a Christian fund raiser, he decides he's hit rock bottom. Seeking to shake things up, he moves to L.A. where his luck changes overnight. Thanks less to his inept manager than to a wild case of mistaken identity, he falls backwards into a string of packed gigs, a record deal and even the promise of love. But he who lives by the whimsy of show business dies by it, and reality hits him like a fist in the face: an innocent miscommunication over a bagel brands him a neo-Nazi in the world of tabloid journalism. Luckily, somewhere between rock bottom and nowhere lies the perfect terrain for his dark and hilarious songs.

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Captain Chaotic: So, do you see yourself more as a musician or as a comedian?
Henry: Well, I've always liked to say that I got foot in the music door and one foot in the comedy door. So I don't know if you can really picture that or not. I'm not really getting anywhere, I'm just kinda humping the wall in-between the two doors.
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One of the Funniest Movies I've Seen!
30 January 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is the first review I'm writing on IMDb.

That's because of the unreasonably low (6.6) rating this movie has on this website.

This movie is easily one of the funniest movies I've ever seen.

It contains a lot of good jokes and one liners in the songs as well as in the script. The atmosphere and character interactions are well thought out and authentic.

But don't take my word for it.

YouTube Henry Phillips (who plays himself in this movie) or Punching the Clown and you will see!

Do not miss this clever and hilarious film!


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