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Series Info
Series:Late Shift at the Grindhouse
Reel Representation
Coming Soon
Film Info
Director:Vera Drew
Featuring:Vera Drew
Kane Distler
Griffin Kramer
Runtime:92 minutes
Rating:Not Rated
Year Released:2024
Production Country:USA


The People's Joker (2022)

Directed by Vera Drew (On Cinema)

Featuring: Vera Drew, Tim Heidecker, Bob Odenkirk

Banned from the Toronto International Film Festival!  See the film everyone has been talking about but no one has seen!

"Vera Drew’s The People’s Joker is a film that deserves to be seen for what it is — an uproarious, truly transgressive piece of queer outsider comedy and art — than for any of the controversies around its exhibition and release." - Stephen Silver, Tilt


"The People’s Joker is a funny, creative movie that gives a voice to a community that is often neglected in mainstream cinema. Filmmaker Vera Drew delivers with a gutsy & brash parody of the Batman Universe that manages to be a comedy with a heartfelt message." - Michael Petrey,


"It could have been very easy for Warner Bros to turn a blind eye and let this film that's very obviously a parody have its time to shine. Ironically, the cease and desist has now made The People's Joker more infamous than it otherwise would've been, and it already seems to be developing a cult following, particularly within the trans community." - Sean Kelly on Movies


"The People’s Joker is a fearless, gloriously funny, and moving act of cinematic anarchy." - Alejandra Martinez, Austin Chronicle


"Underneath the satirical madness lies a genuinely moving story of self-acceptance." - Jude Dry, indieWire


"It’s probably not the trans origin story that DC Comics wanted, but it’s nonetheless one that many others will likely need." - Nick Schager, The Daily Beast

This revolutionary DIY parody film and hilarious reimagining of the classic autobiographical coming-of-age story follows an unconfident, closeted trans girl as she moves to Gotham City to make it big as a comedian by joining the cast of UCB Live - a government-sanctioned late night sketch show in a world where comedy has been outlawed. As mainstream success eludes our heroine, leading her to unite with a ragtag team of rejects, misfits, and a certain love interest named Mister J, "Joker the Harlequin" is born again as a confident (and psychotic) joker on a collision course with the city's fascist caped crusader. Vats of feminizing chemicals, sexy cartoon interludes, scarecrow psychiatrists, CGI Lorne Michaels, and psychedelic gender dysphoria all play supporting roles. Helmed by writer/director/editor/star Vera Drew and using her own life experiences as a basis for the film, The People's Joker is a deeply personal journey that's as much documentary as it is parody.

The People's Joker features a superhero-sized cast of celebrated comedic talent in both voice and live action roles behind the vibrant kaleidoscope of characters that lampoon the iconic heroes and villains of the DC comics’ world, featuring cameos from comedy multi-hyphenate Tim Heidecker, award-winning actor Bob Odenkirk, Maria Bamford (Netflix’s Big Mouth, Adult Swim’s Teenage Euthanasia), and Scott Aukerman (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis co-creator and host of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast), with Vera Drew, Lynn Downey (Amazon Prime’s Daisy Jones & The Six), Nathan Faustyn (Saddled), and Kane Distler, in his film debut as Mister J.

Winner: Best North American Narrative Feature - L.A. Outfest 2023

Part of Reel Representation at FilmScene.