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Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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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 / ... 5 episodes, 2009
Larry Gelbart ...  Himself - Writer / ... 4 episodes, 2009
Joan Rivers ...  Herself - Comedienne 4 episodes, 2009
Anne Beatts 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 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 ...  Himself 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 Robert Thompson ...  Himself - Cultural Historian 3 episodes, 2009
Dick Van Dyke ...  Himself 3 episodes, 2009
Hal Kanter ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Bill Irwin ...  Himself - Actor 2 episodes, 2009
Max Wilk Max Wilk ...  Himself - Writer 2 episodes, 2009
Jean Carroll Jean Carroll ...  Herself - Comedian 2 episodes, 2009
Phyllis Diller ...  Herself / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Dick Cavett ...  Himself - Talk Show Host 2 episodes, 2009
Hugh Hefner ...  Himself - 'Playboy' / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Jerry Seinfeld ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Cheech Marin ...  Himself - Comedian / ... 2 episodes, 2009
George Shapiro ...  Himself - Manager of Andy Kaufman / ... 2 episodes, 2009
James Burrows ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2009
James L. Brooks ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2009
Steve Martin ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2009
Richard Zoglin Richard Zoglin ...  Himself - Critic 2 episodes, 2009
Roseanne Barr ...  Herself 2 episodes, 2009
Daphne Brooks Daphne Brooks ...  Herself - Cultural Historian 2 episodes, 2009
Larry David ...  Actor / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Tommy Davidson ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2009
Susie Essman ...  Herself - Comedian 2 episodes, 2009
Joe Franklin Joe Franklin ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Gerard Jones Gerard Jones ...  Himself - Cultural Historian 2 episodes, 2009
Paul Mooney ...  Comedian / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Tom Smothers ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 2009
Lewis J. Stadlen Lewis J. Stadlen ...  Himself - Actor 2 episodes, 2009
Mel Watkins Mel Watkins ...  Himself - Cultural Historian 2 episodes, 2009
Alan Zweibel ...  Himself - Writer 2 episodes, 2009
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English

Release Date:

14 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amerikan naurattajat See more »

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(6 episodes)

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a much too serious documentary about comedy
8 March 2010 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

I was grown and educated on Robert Youngson's compilation of 'Golden Age of Comedy' which by the end of the 50s was bringing back to audiences world-wide the great masters of the first decades of comedy in the cinema. The endless collection of gags made me and all audiences roll under the theater chairs with laughs and at the same time taught a lesson I never forgot about the great comedians of the screen - from Keaton and Chaplin to Laurel and Hardy.

The six part series from PBS could have done the same thing, It covers a much longer period, practically the whole 20th century and each part is dedicated to one specific genre - stand-up, family shows, physical comedy, wise-guys parody. The main problem is that the show while quite informative and well written is simply not enough fun. The first episode is especially boring, and if I had to watch it weekly rather than get all six episodes recorded I doubt that I would have shown up the next week at the same hour on the same station. Rather than talking heads we could have used more comedy. Making a too serious documentary about comedy is a capital sin.

(and come on - a the family comedy episode that does not mention 'Married with Children'?)


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