The Last Laugh is a feature documentary about humor and the Holocaust, examining whether it is ever acceptable to use humor in connection with a tragedy of that scale, and the implications for other seemingly off-limits topics in a society that prizes free speech.
Premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, the film had a theatrical release in NYC on March 3. It will be playing at Jewish film festivals and is in selected theaters now (see list below). The documentary is directed by Ferne Pearlstein, and produced by Robert Edwards, Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell, Ferne Pearlstein, and Jan Warner.
It includes commentary by Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Rob Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Zweibel, Harry Shearer, and David Steinberg.
As Kenneth Turan wrote in a Los Angeles Times review,
"The Last Laugh" is at its best when its people are telling jokes, often ones in which the Holocaust is involved. There's Baron Cohen in country-western mode singing "throw the Jew down the well," Sarah Silverman ending a skit with "Auschwitz? You'll say Wowschwitz" and Larry David focusing a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode on a dinner-party battle between a Holocaust survivor and a contestant on the TV show "Survivor."The Last Laugh is now playing at the following theaters:
Pleasantville, New York: Jacob Burns Film Center
Beverly Hills, California: Laemmle's Music Hall 3
Encino, California: Laemmle's Town Center 5
Jacksonville, Florida: Sun-Ray Cinema @ 5 Points
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