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Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America 

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Series cast summary:
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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14 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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(6 episodes)

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Nice enough content RUINED by letterboxing!
21 May 2009 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

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.


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