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Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Comedy | January 2009 (USA)
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An off-screen narration, four dozen talking heads, and clips of performances tell a chronological story about Black comedy: who has made us laugh since 1901, what is the nature of their ... See full summary »

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An off-screen narration, four dozen talking heads, and clips of performances tell a chronological story about Black comedy: who has made us laugh since 1901, what is the nature of their humor, and what social and political contexts inform it. We look at minstrels, Stepin Fetchit, "Amos 'n Andy," "Beulah," Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, "The Cosby Show," Chris Rock, Whoopi, "Hollywood Shuffle," entrepreneurship and Black comedy clubs, Robert Harris, urban street culture and "In Living Color," the rise of the Fox network, Def Comedy Jam, and the Original Kings of Comedy. The film asserts Black comedy helps America change. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Black comedians and their lives
14 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

The film is based on the book Black Comedians on Black Comedy: "How African-Americans Taught Us to Laugh", by Darryl J. Littleton. Quincy Newell, Executive Vice-President of Codeblack Entertainment, was the producer and co-writer (with John Long) on the project. An official selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

It is a very important film, showing us the lives and minds of black comedians and how the see and interpret the world.


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