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18 February 2008 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Lewis Black ... Himself - Host
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ahmed Ahmed ... Himself

Craig Anton ... Himself

Dave Attell ... Himself

Ian Bagg ... Himself

Doug Benson ... Himself

Shelley Berman ... Himself

Steve Byrne ... Himself

George Carlin ... Himself

Jimmy Carr ... Himself
Joe Donatelli ... Himself

Doug Driesel Jr. ... Himself

Jeff Dunham ... Himself

Mitch Fatel ... Himself

Greg Fitzsimmons ... Himself
Gallagher ... Himself

Ed Galvez ... Himself
Jessica Glassberg ... Herself

Kathy Griffin ... Herself

Penn Jillette ... Himself

Robert Klein ... Himself

Lynne Koplitz ... Herself

Bert Kreischer ... Himself

Kathleen Madigan ... Herself
J. Chris Newberg ... Himself
Erik Charles Nielsen ... Himself

Patton Oswalt ... Himself

Jimmy Pardo ... Himself

Eddie Pence ... Himself

Rodney Perry ... Himself

Brian Posehn ... Himself

Gareth Reynolds ... Himself

Iliza Shlesinger ... Herself (as Iliza Schlesinger)

Bobby Slayton ... Himself

Hal Sparks ... Himself

K.T. Tatara ... Himself

Teller ... Himself

Aisha Tyler ... Herself

George Wallace ... Himself

Robin Williams ... Himself
Daryl Wright ... Comic

Gina Yashere ... Herself

Bob Zany ... Himself

Directed by
Dave Greene 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dave Greene 

Produced by
JoAnne Astrow .... executive producer
Tom Bellos .... segment producer
Lewis Black .... executive producer
John Bowman .... consulting producer
John Bravakis .... executive producer
Dave Greene .... co-executive producer
John Jopson .... producer: UK
Steve Kroopnick .... executive producer
Steve Kroopnick .... producer
Carl H. Lindahl .... executive producer
Mark Lonow .... executive producer
Stu Schreiberg .... executive producer
Kim Steer .... producer
Todd Strauss-Schulson .... segment producer
Leslie Thomas .... producer
Jeff Thorsen .... line producer
Jeff Thorsen .... supervising producer
Original Music by
Mark Rivers 
Cinematography by
Jeff Bollman 
Van Carlson 
Film Editing by
Peter Ritchie 
Art Direction by
Dayna D'Eletto 
Sound Department
Graham Gardner .... sound mixer
Lisa Gillespie .... sound mixer
Paul Graff .... sound mixer
Angel Magana .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Robert Dahlem .... visual effects
Matthew McNeil .... motion graphics
Camera and Electrical Department
Nigel Dupont .... cinematographer: UK
Randy Hall .... first assistant camera (as Randal Hall)
Randy Hall .... key grip (as Randal Hall)
Mick Smith .... lighting director: NY
Brandon W. Ziegenfuss .... camera operator
Animation Department
Robert Dahlem .... animator
Editorial Department
Adam Polanger .... assistant editor
Luke Szabo .... on-line editor
Tim Wasmundt .... additional editor
Music Department
Wendall J. Yuponce .... additional underscore
Other crew
Michael Battle .... production assistant
De'Angelo Wright .... production assistant

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USA:120 min
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Not Really a History, But Entertaining, 13 March 2008
Author: gavin6942 from United States

Comedian Lewis Black presents a "history of the joke" while trying to find the greatest joke ever told. Many other notable comedians are consulted, and we are treated to more of a random, wandering expedition than any "history".

The show is good if you want to see some of your favorite comedians explaining how difficult it is to break into the business of stand-up. And you will hear some pretty good jokes. However, if you're more of a lover of history than comedy, you will be disappointed: there is virtually no tale to tell. Occasional anecdotes about court jesters and such are used, but there's no linear story here and nothing providing any real direction.

Most disappointing is the lack of comedians of the past. Any "history of the joke" should have Monty Python or Benny Hill or any other classic comedy show. But none of this is featured. Just people telling jokes. But if you like people telling jokes (and who doesn't) then you'll still enjoy this. Just don't buy it on DVD because the jokes here could easily be told for free.

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