Punching Henry is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Gregori Viens and written by Gregori Viens and Henry Phillips. It is a sequel to the 2009 film Punching the Clown. The film stars Henry Phillips, Tig Notaro, Jim Jefferies, Doug Stanhope, Sarah Silverman and J. K. Simmons. The film was released on February 24, 2017, by Well Go USA Entertainment.

Punching Henry
Punching Henry poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGregori Viens
Produced byJim Hart
Arun Kumar
David Permut
Henry Phillips
Matt Ratner
Rick Rosenthal
Gregori Viens
Written byGregori Viens
Henry Phillips
StarringHenry Phillips
Tig Notaro
Jim Jefferies
Doug Stanhope
Sarah Silverman
J. K. Simmons
CinematographyBryce Fortner
Edited byMichael R. Miller
Gregori Viens
Permut Presentations
Kandoo Films
Lola's Productions
Tilted Windmill Productions
Whitewater Films
Distributed byWell Go USA Entertainment
Release date
  • March 13, 2016 (2016-03-13) (SXSW)
  • February 24, 2017 (2017-02-24) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States


Henry Phillips (Phillips, in a semi-fictional version of himself) is trying to make it big as a comedian. He is lured to Los Angeles by a producer (Simmons) to join a reality show, where he finds himself the butt of jokes rather than telling them.[2]



The film premiered at South by Southwest on March 13, 2016.[3][4] The film was released on February 24, 2017, by Well Go USA Entertainment.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Punching Henry Reviews". Metacritic. 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  2. ^ Leydon, Joe (February 24, 2017). "Film Review: 'Punching Henry'". Variety. Retrieved April 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Hipes, Patrick (2016-02-24). "[WATCH] 'And Punching The Clown' Clip: SXSW Comedy With Sarah Silverman". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-02-25.
  4. ^ "'And Punching the Clown': SXSW Review". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-03-21. Retrieved 2017-02-25.

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