Robert Kelly’s upcoming stand-up comedy film Robert Kelly: Live at the Village Underground, has been accepted into the Rhode Island International Film Festival, one of a handful of qualifying fests for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Live at the Village Underground will make it’s worldwide premiere at the festival between Aug. 5 – 10. The special was filmed on June 17 at the Comedy Cellar at the Village Underground, an intimate space in New York’s West Village, just around the corner from the famous Comedy Cellar.
Directed by Bobcat Goldthwait, who recently worked on Patton Oswalt’s newest special Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, Kelly’s special is a welcome reprieve from the glut of all-too-slick, theater-shot comedy specials. “We shot this film on speculation with the hopes it would be the first of many comedy concert films to come. We’re on our way,” says Jim Serpico, president of motion pictures and television at Apostle, who’s producing Kelly’s special.
In addition to Live at the Village Underground, Kelly will also be seen in Denis Leary’s upcoming FX comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll, where he plays the drummer in Leary’s band The Heathens, a fictitious early 90s rock outfit attempting to make a comeback.