Lunchumentary: The Last Laugh: On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo
Lunchumentary film screening of Race: The Last Laugh: On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo. Bring your lunch and learn something new. You feed your body. We'll feed your mind.
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Jeff Ross, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, and many other critical thinkers, as well as Holocaust survivors themselves. Through these interviews and clips from our favorite standup comedy, TV shows, and movies, The Last Laugh offers fresh insights into the Holocaust, our own psyches, and what else--9/11, AIDS, racism--is or isn't off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. In the process, The Last Laugh also disproves the idea that there is nothing left to say about the Holocaust, and opens a fresh avenue for approaching this epochal tragedy.
- Thursday, June 20, 2019
- 12:30pm - 1:30pm
- Robeson Institute
- Raritan Valley Community College