ENTERTAINMENT is a comedy-drama film written and directed by Rick Alverson (The Comedy), which premiered to positive reviews at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. It stars Gregg Turkington with Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, John C. Reilly, Lotte Verbeek, Amy Seimetz, and Dean Stockwell.
A broken, aging comedian tours the California desert, lost in a cycle of third-rate venues, novelty tourist attractions, and vain attempts to reach his estranged daughter. By day, he slogs through the barren landscape, inadvertently alienating every acquaintance. At night, he seeks solace in the animation of his onstage persona. Fueled by the promise of a lucrative Hollywood engagement, he trudges through a series of increasingly surreal and volatile encounters. In Alverson’s hallucinatory fugue, Turkington stars as The Comedian, caught in a struggle between being the center of attention and the object of alienation, occasionally challenged by an unexpected cast of characters played by Sheridan, Reilly, Cera, and Seimetz.