The Last Laugh
"At times haphazard but always involving..."
"[An] insightfully open-ended inquiry into the role of humor as it relates to unspeakable tragedy."
"Funny and sobering at the same time."
Director: Ferne Pearlstein
Runtime: 85 min
GENRES: Documentary, Holocaust, Comedy, American Studies
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust?
The outrageously funny and thought-provoking film THE LAST LAUGH puts this question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Alan Zweibel, Jeffrey Ross, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, and many other critical thinkers as well as Holocaust survivors themselves.
THE LAST LAUGH offers fresh insights into the Holocaust and what else—9/11, AIDS, racism—is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. In the process, The Last Laugh also disproves the idea that there is nothing left to say about the Holocaust, and opens a fresh avenue for approaching this epochal tragedy.
Star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, THE LAST LAUGH dares to ask uncomfortable questions about just how free speech can really be, with unexpected and hilarious results that will leave you both laughing and appreciating the importance of humor even in the face of events that make you want to cry.