The Last Laugh

Spotlight

World Premiere

USA | 89 MINUTES

THE LAST LAUGH

Female Director(s), Comedy, Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
Is the Holocaust funny? Director Ferne Pearlstein (Sumo East and West, Imelda) doesn’t shy away from the taboo topic of humor, delving deep into pop-culture to find out where to draw the line, and whether that is a desirable—or even possible—goal.

The Last Laugh pairs clips from films, performances, and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander) with an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, and rare archival footage of cabarets in concentration camps. From this wealth of material, Pearlstein weaves together a complete and thoughtful exploration into the question of what is and is not off-limits in comedy. The answers are as diverse as the subjects she interviews. There is no consensus on which jokes work and which don't, and the film doesn’t take a stance; instead, it invites you to think, to laugh, and to remember, all the while keeping its levity.

—Jule Rozite

CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

One of a handful of female cinematographers in Kodak's “On Film” campaign for American Cinematographer, Ferne Pearlstein has directed, produced, photographed and/or edited dozens of films including Sumo East and West, Imelda (2004 Sundance Documentary Cinematography Prize), Dita and the Family Business, One More Time and Land of the Blind.
Director
Ferne Pearlstein
Screenwriter
Robert Edwards, Ferne Pearlstein
Producer
Ferne Pearlstein, Robert Edwards, Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell, Jan Warner
Editor
Ferne Pearlstein
Associate Producer
Yelena Rachitsky, Adrienne Collatos
Director of Photography
Ferne Pearlstein
Cinematographer
Ferne Pearlstein, Anne Etheridge
Co-Producer
Anne Etheridge, Dori Stegman
Cast
Renee Firestone, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Alan Zweibel, Abraham Foxman, David Cross, Shalom Auslander, Deb Filler, Hanala Sagal, Roz Weinman, Jake Ehrenreich, Elly Gross

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