Sep
27
3:30 pm15:30

Film Series 2

  • Maysles Documentary Center

“Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy” 

An off-screen narration, four dozen talking heads, and clips of performances tell a chronological story about Black comedy: who has made us laugh since 1901, what is the nature of their humor, and what social and political contexts inform it. We look at minstrels, Stepin Fetchit, "Amos 'n Andy," "Beulah," Redd Foxx, Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, "The Cosby Show," Chris Rock, Whoopi, "Hollywood Shuffle," entrepreneurship and Black comedy clubs, Robert Harris, urban street culture and "In Living Color," the rise of the Fox network, Def Comedy Jam, and the Original Kings of Comedy. The film asserts Black comedy helps America change. 

Director: Robert Townsend

Writers: John Long, Quincy Newell

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Sep
28
3:30 pm15:30

Film Series 3

  • Maysles Documentary Center

“Phunny Business: A Black Comedy” 

Chicago's ALL JOKES ASIDE was one of the preeminent comedy clubs in the country and one of the only black comedy clubs. It  gave early exposure and early paychecks to many of the nation’s most important young comedians including: Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, MoNique, Dave Chappelle, Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Mike Epps, Aries Spears, Adele Givens, Carlos Mencia, Bill Bellamy, Deon Cole, JB Smoove, and Bernie Mac to name a few. The rise and fall of All Jokes Aside and salutes the legendary showcase for its major contribution to comedy history. 

Director: John Davies

Writers: John Davies, Raymond C. Lambert

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