'The Comedian' Trailer: Robert De Niro Can't Choose Between "a Job or Being an Ass"

The Sony Pictures Classics preview shows the star delivering punchlines at a wedding, a senior center and New York City's Comedy Cellar.

Robert De Niro is struggling to stay funny in the trailer for The Comedian.

Directed by Taylor Hackford, the film sees De Niro playing an aging comic icon who, despite efforts to reinvent himself, is stuck in the public's imagination as the TV character that made him famous years earlier. The preview shows his budding relationship with a new friend (Leslie Mann), his conflict with an audience member during a gig and his viral moment that might get him back on top.

Harvey Keitel, Edie Falco, Danny DeVito, Billy Crystal and Patti LuPone are also featured in the cast.

Sony Pictures Classics will release The Comedian in theaters nationwide Jan. 13.