“I’m working on a new album,” says one of America’s favorite comedy-troubadours Henry Phillips. “I might even record a few tunes in Cincinnati. At the very least I’ll be working out all the new stuff.” Phillips is hitting the road after completing a film he co-wrote called Punching the Clown. “We’ve been doing the festival circuit,” he says, “and we won the Audience Award at the Slamdance Film Festival, which was really exciting.” Phillips describes it as the tale of a singer/songwriter who makes it big, only to be undone by a Michael Richards-esque misunderstanding.
“The town eventually turns on me because they think I said something racist.” The film is based on things that have happened to Phillips over his 15 years in comedy. The project allowed him to flex some different comedy muscles as well. “My songs are usually satire of a particular kind of song that I’ve heard on the radio,” he explains. “Then there are all these awkward moments that happen on a day to day basis. You can’t really do too much with an awkward situation in a song.” Henry Phillips performs at Go Bananas Thursday-Saturday. $8-$12.
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