Nitehawk Cinema, New York’s first dine-in theater pairing exemplary first-run and repertory film programming along with tableside service, announces its most extensive series to date, Comedians in Film.
The summer-long series will spotlight films featuring the controversial figure of “the American comedian,” spanning the 1980s to present and focusing on iconic figures from Richard Pryor and Robin Williams to today’s celebrated comedians like Amy Schumer and Louis C.K. Nitehawk’s cinema department has curated a diverse range of almost 30 films featuring approximately 50 comedians.
Comedians in Film is curated into the following sections: “Stand Up” and “Late Nite” features at midnight, “The Serious Comedian” (July) and “Women Comedians” (August) during weekend matinees. The series will also consist of documentaries and one-night only screenings that include additional special guest Q&As with Sacks, introductions and stand-up routines from up-and-coming comedians on the New York circuit such as Perry Strong introducing Eddie Murphy’s Harlem Nights on June 8 and Negin Farsad introducing 2002’s Comedian on August 9 with a stand-up routine.
Nitehawk commences Comedians in Film with Eddie Murphy Raw at midnight on Friday, June 3.
“The American stand-up comedian is the physical embodiment of the First Amendment. With this series, we aim to call attention to how the comedian skillfully navigates the issues addressed at the time of the film’s release and question how this comedy translates in present day,” said Caryn Coleman, senior film programmer.
Concluding the three months of comedy will be short films with Kickstarter held in conjunction with the Brooklyn Comedy Festival the last weekend of August.
For more information on programming and a full list of films head here.