The Last Laugh

Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? 

In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, director Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy’s ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Zweibel, Harry Shearer, Jeff Ross, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, Jake Ehrenreich, and many other critical thinkers, as well as Holocaust survivors themselves. 

These interviews are woven together with a vast array of material ranging from The Producers to Curb Your Enthusiasm to clips of comics such as Louis CK, Joan Rivers, and Chris Rock. It features newly discovered clips of Jerry Lewis’ never-released film, a Holocaust Comedy The Day the Clown Cried, as well as rare footage of cabarets inside the concentration camps. In so doing, THE LAST LAUGH offers fresh insights into the Holocaust, our own psyches, and what else – 9/11, AIDS, racism – is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. 

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.

Featuring a LIVE Q & A with special guests 
Film Director Ferne Pearlstein and Holocaust survivor Renee Firestone

Cost: $11


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Mon. Sep. 11, 2017   7pm

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