A few weeks back we had the pleasure of attending the taping of Robert Kelly’s new stand-up special recording live at NYC’s Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground which, as luck would have it, is also the name of the special. Today news broke that that Kelly’s special has been accepted into the Rhode Island International Film Festival. RIFF is a one of a handful of qualifying fests for the Academy Awards. Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground will premiere at the festival between August 5-10th.
We’ve had many conversations with Kelly about how he wanted to record this special, from the get-go, he had the desire to recreate the intimate setting of a comedy club rather than a big theater stage setup. Which makes sense as it’s this setting where comedians work night after night – close and intimate with a small crowd, making them laugh.
The special was directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who said a few terrific words about Kelly during the stage introduction. Kelly then destroyed the room, which contained many of his NYC comedian friends who were there to witness. It was a magical night and we have no doubt it looks just as good on film as it did live.
Kelly’s management firm Apostle produced the special. Jim Serpico, Apostle president of pictures and television told Laughspin, “We shot this film on speculation with the hopes it would be the first of many comedy concert films to come. We’re on our way.”
RIFF has set up a page for the special at the festival where you can catch screening times and vote your support of the film.
In other Robert Kelly news, we previously reported that he’ll be in Denis Leary’s upcoming FX series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. You can also catch him on his terrific podcast You Know What Dude? which tapes weekly in the Riotcast studios above NYC’s Comedy Cellar.