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The Last Laugh (2016)

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World-famous comedians including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, and Gilbert Gottfried pitch in with their own views on the boundaries of comedy.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Renee Firestone Renee Firestone ... Herself
Klara Firestone Klara Firestone ... Herself
Gilbert Gottfried ... Himself
Rob Reiner ... Himself
Mel Brooks ... Himself
Judy Gold ... Herself
Sarah Silverman ... Herself
Carl Reiner ... Himself
Robert Clary ... Himself
Etgar Keret ... Himself
Aaron Breitbart Aaron Breitbart ... Himself
Jake Ehrenreich Jake Ehrenreich ... Himself
Alan Zweibel ... Himself
Susie Essman ... Herself
Larry Charles ... Himself
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THE LAST LAUGH dares to ask: "Are we allowed to joke about the Holocaust?" This outrageously funny and thought-provoking film puts the question to legends and critical thinkers including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, and many others (including survivors), offering fresh insights into the Holocaust and what else-9/11, AIDS, racism-is or isn't off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. After screening at over 100 festivals (including Tribeca, HotDocs, Traverse City, BFI London, Rome, IDFA), and Certified Fresh at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, THE LAST LAUGH was released theatrically in March 2017 and broadcast in April 2017 (Independent Lens/PBS) where it was runner-up for that season's Audience Award. Written by Robert Edwards

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Good Documentary
7 September 2018 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Last Laugh (2016)

*** (out of 4)

This documentary discusses comedy and whether or not the Holocaust should be joked about. Various Jewish comics including Sarah Silverman, Rob Reiner, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Larry Charles and Susie Essman are interviewed about the topic as well as other controversial themes.

THE LAST LAUGH is certainly a very entertaining documentary that tries to take a look at a comic job and ask where the line should be drawn and if it should ever be crossed. The documentary takes a look at a lot of examples including some controversial comments made by the likes of Joan Rivers, Silverman and even a look at Hollywood and movies like THE GREAT DICTATOR and THE PRODUCERS.

For the most part I found this documentary to be entertaining as it deals with people who are offended at certain subject matter. This includes various races as well as people who might be offended by tragedies like 9/11 and of course the Holocaust. It's interesting hearing people talk about where their own personal line is and especially Mel Brooks who isn't too fond of the Oscar-winner LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL. It should be noted, Jerry Lewis' THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED is also discussed.

I must say that I thought there was some hypocrisy in a few of the comments but at the same time I guess this is to be expected. THE LAST LAUGH does a nice job at examining the controversy and looking at it from different points of view.


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