Coming Distractions: Gregg Turkington is in comedic purgatory in the Entertainment trailer

Watching the trailer for Entertainment—director Rick Alverson’s followup to his disquietingly deadpan The Comedy—produces an unsettling mix of emotions. Pathos, confusion, and deeply cynical amusement all coexist in the spectacle of watching comedian Gregg Turkington, as a real-life version of his character Neil Hamburger, performing stand-up to a series of increasingly depressing rooms in remote Southwestern locations. There’s more than a little bit of desperation in ”The...

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