by: Magda Katz
At the end of the 1960s, three comedians changed stand-up comedy — Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Robert Klein. If you ask Jerry Seinfeld or Jay Leno or Billy Crystal or Jon Stewart which one was the most influential on their comedy, they’ll say it was Klein. Now 74 and still performing, Klein offers a humorous look at his daily life, even as the film draws upon a large archive of past and current performances to examine his varied career, his influences and the way he influenced others.
Robert Klein and Director Marshall Fine conducted a lively Q & A after the screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film crew followed Klein around for over two years. Unfortunately, viewing the film we get a superficial look at Klein the man. It would have been nice to have seen what makes this talented man tick and see how he prepares his stand up material.
SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St, NYC
Photos/Video: Magda Katz