The Last Laugh

Documentary | USA | 89 min


Great Neck Squire Cinemas Sun, Nov 13, 2016 3:00 PM
Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Documentary
Films w/ Q&A
Release Year:2016
Running Time:89 minutes
Premiere Status:Long Island Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Festival Awards:OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tribeca Int'l Film Festival
Hot Docs Int'l Film Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Sarah Silverman
Mel Brooks
Rob Reiner
Gilbert Gottfried…
Director:Ferne Pearlstein
Executive Producer:Steve Bennett
Producer:Ferne Pearlstein and Robert Edwards
Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell
Jan Warner
Production Company:Tangerine Entertainment
Screenwriter:Robert Edwards
Ferne Pearlstein
Cinematography:Anne Etheridge
Editing By:Ferne Pearlstein
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Is the Holocaust funny? Director Ferne Pearlstein (Sumo East and West, Imelda) doesn’t shy away from the taboo topic of humor, delving deep into pop-culture to find out where to draw the line, and whether that is a desirable—or even possible—goal. The Last Laugh pairs clips from films, performances, and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander) with an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, and rare archival footage of cabarets in concentration camps. From this wealth of material, Pearlstein weaves together a complete and thoughtful exploration into the question of what is and is not off-limits in comedy. The answers are as diverse as the subjects she interviews. There is no consensus on which jokes work and which don't, and the film doesn’t take a stance; instead, it invites you to think, to laugh, and to remember, all the while keeping its levity.

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tribeca Int'l Film Festival, Hot Docs Int'l Film Festival

Q&A following the film with Director Ferne Pearlstein and Producer Robert Edwards