The Unbookables


The Unbookables Movie is a full length film produced by Doug Stanhope and directed by Jeff Pearson. Doug coined the phrase Unbookable to define a group of comics that couldn’t get booked anywhere because they were too weird for the average audience. The idea was to follow the comics around with a seven man film crew on a three week tour of Texas, Kansas City and Illinois. The film stars Andy Andrist, James Inman, Sean Rouse, Brendon Walsh, Norm Wilkerson, Travis Lipski, Brett Erickson and Kristine Levine.

The Unbookables Film is a narrative documentary about stand-up comics who have spent their whole careers pushing limits–on stage and off. Relegated to small venues and touring in a crappy van through the Midwest they careen between the desire to succeed and the reality that there may be nothing left to lose. Road life is far from glamorous: comics come and go and cruel pranks and hard drinking punctuate their obsidian dark comedy on stage. They succeed and fail spectacularly. When they face being fired for going too far on stage, the conflict culminates in a showdown: compromise or double down?


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