Steve Sweeney is a certified, top-shelf legend on the Boston comedy scene, who has been entertaining audiences for decades. Whether it’s his joke-telling, dead-on impersonations, or his side-splitting exaggeration of the famed Boston accent, Sweeney will leave you rolling in the aisles at one of his comedy shows.
The towering, 6-foot-4-inch actor and comedian has also appeared in 25-30 films, including such prominent movies as “There’s Something About Mary” with Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz and “The Equalizer” with Denzell Washington.
Sweeney’s latest project is “Sweeney Killing Sweeney,” a film which he produced and starred in the lead role.
The Charlestown native will host a special screening of the film on Nov. 7 at the Showcase Cinema de Lux in Revere.
The film has drawn large audiences at showings in Somerville and Beverly.
“The reaction has been fantastic,” said Sweeney. “People have been really laughing. It’s a really different kind of film, an independent film. It’s quirky and people have been loving it.”
The plot of the movie is simple, according to Sweeney.
“HBO comes to town and they want me, but I have to get rid of the characters and the characters try to kill me and I play all the characters,” he explained.
Sweeney said he is proud that he was able to get some of the country’s best comedians to appear in the film, including Steven Wright, Jonathan Katz, Bobby Slaton, and Nick DiPaolo.
Sweeney has fond memories of his days growing up in Charlestown.
“I still live in Charlestown in my heart,” said Sweeney. “I grew up there at 82 Bunker Hill St. and lived there for the first 20 years of my life. I went to St. Catherine’s and then Charlestown High. I still visit Charlestown at least once a week.”
Though he is known as the King of Boston Comedy, Sweeney describes himself as “a guy working.”
“I fell into stand-up comedy by doing a one-man show at the Charles,” he said. “I fell into it. They kept paying me to do it, so I kept doing it.”
In addition to Steve Sweeney, the film’s director, Lisa Aimola, and Boston comics, Tony V. and Frank Santorelli, will be attendance on Nov. 7 to discuss details about the film and answer any question attendees may have.
“I’m very excited about the movie,” said Sweeney. “It’s been an amazing experience. It’s been a lot of work, getting the money to do it and then doing the movie and getting it out there. I was very excited about working with these very talented people, including Lisa Aimola, a wonderful director.”