The Last Laugh

Directed by: Ferne Perelstein


Total Runtime: 88 min

Country of Origin: United States

Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival, HotDocs

Saturday June - 3 - 5:30 PM





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“Comics are the conscience of the people, and they’re allowed a large berth in any direction…even if it’s in bad taste.”

Mel Brooks

Can we make jokes about the Holocaust? Outrageously funny and thought-provoking, The Last Laugh explores comedy’s ultimate taboo with legends Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, Louis CK, Chris Rock, and many others, as well as with Holocaust survivors themselves. Through interviews and clips from standup comedy, TV shows, and movies, The Last Laugh offers insights into the Holocaust and what else is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. In the process, The Last Laugh disproves the idea that there is nothing left to say about the Holocaust. Star-studded, provocative, and thoroughly entertaining, The Last Laugh dares to ask uncomfortable questions, with unexpected and hilarious results that will leave you appreciating the importance of humor even in the face of tragic events.