IMDb > "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (2009)

"Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (2009) More at IMDbPro »TV series 2009-

Photos (See all 20 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.5/10   126 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 28% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America on IMDbPro.
Seasons:
Release Date:
14 January 2009 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
User Reviews:
Nice enough content RUINED by letterboxing! See more (2 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 29 of 55)

Billy Crystal ... Himself - Host (6 episodes, 2009)

Amy Sedaris ... Herself - Narrator / ... (6 episodes, 2009)

Leonard Maltin ... Himself - Film Critic / ... (5 episodes, 2009)

Robert Klein ... Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2009)

George Carlin ... Himself - Comedian / ... (4 episodes, 2009)

Larry Gelbart ... Himself - Writer / ... (4 episodes, 2009)

Joan Rivers ... Herself / ... (4 episodes, 2009)
Anne Beatts ... Herself - Writer / ... (4 episodes, 2009)

Chris Rock ... Himself / ... (4 episodes, 2009)

Larry Wilmore ... Himself (4 episodes, 2009)

George Schlatter ... Himself - Producer / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Judd Apatow ... Director / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Michael McKean ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2009)
Joseph Adamson ... Himself - Film Historian (3 episodes, 2009)

Jonathan Winters ... Himself - Comedian / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Dick Gregory ... Himself - Comedian / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Richard Lewis ... Himself - Comedian / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Kaye Ballard ... Herself / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Jason Alexander ... Himself - Actor / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Conan O'Brien ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Carl Reiner ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Dick Smothers ... Himself - Comedian / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Garry Marshall ... Director / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Whoopi Goldberg ... Herself (3 episodes, 2009)

Richard Belzer ... Actor / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

Shelley Berman ... Himself / ... (3 episodes, 2009)

David Steinberg ... Director / ... (3 episodes, 2009)
Robert Thompson ... Himself - Cultural Historian (3 episodes, 2009)

Dick Van Dyke ... Himself (3 episodes, 2009)
(more)
Create a character page for: ?

Series Directed by
Michael Kantor (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Michael Kantor (6 episodes, 2009)
Laurence Maslon (5 episodes, 2009)
Jon Macks (3 episodes, 2009)

Series Produced by
Erika Frankel .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Michael Kantor .... producer (6 episodes, 2009)
Sally Rosenthal .... producer (6 episodes, 2009)
John Beug .... executive producer: Rhino Entertainment (5 episodes, 2009)
Tina Fletcher-Hill .... executive producer: BBC (5 episodes, 2009)
David Horn .... executive producer (5 episodes, 2009)
David M. Jackson .... executive producer: BBC (5 episodes, 2009)
Ryan Minchin .... executive producer: BBC (5 episodes, 2009)
Bill O'Donnell .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 2009)
Julia Marchesi .... consulting producer (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Original Music by
Stephen Ulrich (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ulli Bonnekamp (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Film Editing by
Kris Liem (2 episodes, 2009)
Jed Parker (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Makeup Department
Janet Arena .... hair stylist / makeup (1 episode, 2009)
Marissa De Leon .... hair stylist / makeup (1 episode, 2009)
Stacy Halax .... key makeup artist (1 episode, 2009)
Shannon Hughey .... hair stylist / makeup (1 episode, 2009)
Cohl Katz .... makeup artist (1 episode, 2009)
Lea Nettles .... hair stylist / makeup (1 episode, 2009)
Michele O'Callaghan .... hair stylist / makeup (1 episode, 2009)
Stacey Stempler .... hair stylist / makeup (1 episode, 2009)
Brenda Todd .... hair stylist / makeup (1 episode, 2009)
Sachi Worrall .... hair stylist / makeup (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Production Management
Jane Buckwalter .... production manager (1 episode, 2009)
Jeff Dockendorff .... post-production supervisor (1 episode, 2009)
Sean Riordan .... post-production supervisor (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Art Department
Charley Beal .... set designer (1 episode, 2009)
Brian O'Connell .... graphics (1 episode, 2009)
Rich O'Connor .... graphics (1 episode, 2009)
Richard O'Connor .... graphics (1 episode, 2009)
B.T. Whitehill .... titles (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Sound Department
James Jack .... sound mixer / sound (6 episodes, 2009)
Doug Johnson .... post-production sound (6 episodes, 2009)
Branka Mrkic .... dialogue editor (6 episodes, 2009)
John Zecca .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 2009)
Angela Organ .... assistant sound editor (5 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Hallick .... lighting director / lighting technician (5 episodes, 2009)
John M. Roche .... gaffer (5 episodes, 2009)
Craig Feldman .... assistant camera / gaffer (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Casting Department
Jon Berman .... voice casting (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Scott Farley .... wardrobe (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Editorial Department
Paulo Padilha .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Music Department
Rosemary Fishel .... music supervisor (1 episode, 2009)
Emily Lee .... music services (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Other crew
Arlen Appelbaum .... legal & business affairs (6 episodes, 2009)
Jeff Abraham .... advisor / consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Anne Beatts .... advisor / consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Barry Dougherty .... advisor / consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Rachel Dratch .... advisor / consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Eddy Friedfeld .... advisor / senior consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Michael Frisch .... advisor / consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Barry Goldsmith .... advisor / consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Allan Neuwirth .... advisor / consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Mel Watkins .... advisor / consultant (5 episodes, 2009)
Gerald Nachman .... advisor (4 episodes, 2009)
Matthew Tischler .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 2009)
Elisabeth Weis .... consultant (3 episodes, 2009)
Max Wilk .... consultant (3 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Thanks
Jeff Abraham .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Nancy Carlen .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Carol Cole .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
A. Stone Freedberg .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Steve Garrin .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Tanner Gibson .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Chris Jaehnig .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Don Joint .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Gary Kingston .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Matt Labov .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Peter Laird .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Edie Landau .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Roseanne Limoncelli .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
C. Bruce Parker .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Andrea Rosenthal .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Jennifer Rowe .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
David Steinberg .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Buddy Teich .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Larry Wilde .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
Scott Wolfe .... special thanks (1 episode, 2009)
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
55 min (6 episodes)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color | Black and White (archive footage)

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
12 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Nice enough content RUINED by letterboxing!, 21 May 2009
Author: tonstant viewer

Yes, it's nice to trot this material around one more time, and there are anecdotes here that may or may not be new to you.

But Buster Keaton said that comedy is in long shot, and these boneheaded producers chose to zoom in for widescreen and hack off the top and bottom in their clips of both movies and TV.

You can't show physical comedians cut off at the knees. These are full-body performers. You lose the feet, legs and space that contains the action, as well as the location information at the top of the screen. In the scene from "Animal Crackers" where policeman Basil Ruysdael pumps Harpo Marx's arm and several hundred knives fall out of his other sleeve, you can hardly see the knives appearing and the entire gag is killed stone dead.

To show the entire frame would have entailed black bars at the sides, but that would have been a lot better than destroying the visuals of Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, Fields, Caesar, Ball and just about everybody else who worked in standard format rather than widescreen.

An absolute waste of time. Don't bother.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (2 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America" (2009)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
What's funny? kdavis-29
Where is Fred Allen? GenevaDuck
Quick Question trippinbilly1485
Judd Apatow ttenchantr
billy crystal ruins it southloop
What a shame...and I blame PBS ! Grizz-14
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Margaret Cho: Assassin Notorious C.H.O. Classic Stand-Up Comedy of Television Comedienne Pair of Jokers with Rosie O'Donnell & Bill Engvall
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb TV section IMDb Documentary section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button