The 2012 feature The Comedy brought many film fans to the attention of Rick Alverson, as the filmmaker’s third feature involved his first collaboration with the comedy duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. With fans both old and new interested in seeing what Alverson’s next feature would look like, the filmmaker reteamed with Heidecker once again, this time in a creative capacity, co-writing a script with both him and Gregg Turkington. Titled Entertainment, the film’s synopsis is as follows.
En route to meet his estranged daughter and attempting to revive his dwindling career, a broken, aging comedian plays a string of dead-end shows in the Mojave desert.
Alverson and Turkington both pull double duty on this feature, as the former takes on directing duties along with co-writing it, while the latter also stars as the lead, working with a supporting cast that includes John C. Reilly, Amy Seimetz, Dean Stockwell, Tye Sheridan, and Heidecker. With the film making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the first trailer has now been released, and can be seen below. Entertainment will be released in American theatres on November 13th, but a Canadian release date has yet to be announced.