THE LAST LAUGH – Austin Jewish Film Festival


The Last Laugh
Thursday, November 9, 2017
NOON Regal Arbor Cinema 8 Buy Tickets

The world’s foremost comedians debate the outer limits of comedy and explore the taboo topic of Holocaust humor.

Director: Ferne Pearlstein
Genre: Documentary
Running: 89 min.
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Is a tragedy on the scale of the Holocaust ever an appropriate subject for comedy? Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock and Harry Shearer, as well as Holocaust survivors and prominent Jewish leaders address this question along with the limits of subversive humor and censorship. Mixing levity with deeply philosophical themes, an intriguing conversation emerges over where to draw the line when it comes to jokes about the Holocaust and other so-called untouchable subjects. Interviews are augmented with movie clips and comedic stage acts, as well as seized Nazi footage of cabaret shows performed by prisoners inside concentration camps.

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