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Not Really a History, But Entertaining
gavin6942 from United States
13 March 2008
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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