The Last Laugh


The Last Laugh

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The Last Laugh takes a fresh -- and unexpectedly funny -- approach to sensitive subject matter, uncovering affecting insights about the nature of comedy along the way.



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Using the scope of the Holocaust, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein examines what subjects are "off-limits" in comedy.

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Critic Reviews for The Last Laugh

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An eye opener in every sense

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

In its own way, "The Last Laugh" is a celebration of Jewish humor, not just its importance as a survival technique, but also just how much it has shaped our culture.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Is laughter a palliative? The only weapon of the powerless? Perhaps significantly, the film ends in tears.

Nov 20, 2017 | Full Review…

At a time when many of us look to comedy to keep us sane, the question is especially pertinent, although the answers here aren't especially penetrating.

Mar 24, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

At times haphazard but always involving ...

Mar 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh is a rather safe and genteel documentary about the limits of humor (especially as they pertain to the Holocaust), but it opens with a subtly provocative sequence of events that's hard to shake.

Mar 9, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Laugh

This was an enjoyable film I saw at the 2016 Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. Comedians old (Mel Brooks) and new (Sarah Silverman) talk about whether there are taboo subjects in comedy. They particularly talk about laughter related to the holocaust. In parallel to this the director interviews a mother and daughter. The mother is holocaust survivor Renee Firestone who has held onto a sense of humor and joy for life despite the horrors she experienced in her youth.

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