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The Last Laugh Movie Review

14 March 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

The Last Laugh Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Shockya Grade: B Director:  Ferne Pearlstein Written by: Ferne Pearlstein, Robert Edwards, inspired by Kent Kirshenbaum’s “The Last Laugh: Humor and the Holocaust.” Cast: Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Renee Firestone, Sarah Silverman, Rob Reiner, Larry Charles, Abraham Foxman Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 3/13/17 Opens: April 12, 2017 […]

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Review: ‘The Last Laugh’ Insightfully Probes the Limits of Comedy

3 March 2017 10:58 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

George Carlin had a famously controversial stand-up routine, in which he attempted to prove rape can be funny. Taken at face value, and especially if you aren’t familiar with Carlin, this sounds like it could be a shock-value gag. In delivery, it is not, and by the end of the act – which is a thinly veiled rant against political correctness — his point resonates.

But are some topics truly off limits? This is the compelling question of Ferne Pearlstein’s The Last Laugh, a documentary that questions whether the Holocaust is something that can ever be a source of humor.

Pearlstein interviews many noteworthy figures from the comedy world — Mel Brooks, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, David Cross, Rob Reiner and Carl Reiner, to name but a few – and what’s surprising is the disparity in their opinions on the subject. For example, one might be surprised to hear Brooks opine »

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