When Robert Klein started, there was no comedy community, no comedy industry. There were comedians. Film critic Marshall Fine will fill in the gaps when he directs the upcoming documentary, Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg for Starz.
Executive produced by Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and David Glasser, Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg will debut on Friday, March 31st at 10PM ET/PT on STARZ. The documentary premiered at SXSW in 2016 and also screened at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Klein, who was the first comedian to appear in a live concert on Home Box Office in 1975, started out as a part of The Second City troupe in Chicago. He was nominated for Best Comedy Grammys for his albums Child of the Fifties and Mind Over Matter. He was nominated for Emmys his 2001 show Robert Klein: Child in His 50s and his Robert Klein: Unfair and Unbalanced special for HBO in 2011. Klein got a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor, and won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for his performance in the hit Neil Simon musical, They’re Playing Our Song. He starred or guested on Sisters, Law and Order and The Good Wife. He hosted his own talk shows and appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg “vérité and archival footage with fresh interviews to look at Robert Klein in the 21st century,” according to the press release. He is “still performing, still creating new material, now an icon, but forever an influence on a generation of comedians that runs from Jay Leno to Jerry Seinfeld to Jon Stewart and beyond. The film offers an affectionate profile of a comedy giant, capturing the humanity that brought his humor to life and made his comedy a touchstone for a generation.”
Robert Klein Still Can’t Stop His Leg will be available exclusively to watch on STARZ and STARZ ON DEMAND, as well as to STARZ subscribers to stream and download via the STARZ app beginning March 31st.