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The Humorist

In the midst of the collapsing USSR, the favourite stand-up comedian of the regime begins challenging censorship.

Drama 2019 102 mins Not rated

Director: Michael Idov


In 1984 Soviet Union, Boris, a Russian-Jewish stand-up comedian, is tormented not only be external oppresion and censorship but also his own insecurities. Fame, combined with lack of personal freedom, is driving him crazy. Once leaders who dictate what he can and can’t joke about summon him to their villa, the comedian snaps. Armed with the exotic American notion of 'insult humor', he takes his revenge.