About The Film
The world’s foremost comedians debate the outer limits of comedy and subjective taste in THE LAST LAUGH, an exploration of the taboo topic of Holocaust humor and the implications for free speech.
Is a tragedy on the scale of the Holocaust ever an appropriate subject for comedy? Filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question to a pantheon of funny people, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Sarah Silverman, Chris Rock and Harry Shearer, as well as Holocaust survivors and prominent Jewish leaders. Mixing levity with deeply philosophical themes, an intriguing conversation emerges over where to draw the line when it comes to jokes about the Holocaust and other so-called untouchable subjects. Interviews are augmented with movie clips, comedic stage acts, as well as seized Nazi footage of cabarets performed by prisoners inside concentration camps.
Star-studded, provocative and thoroughly entertaining, THE LAST LAUGH dares to ask prickly questions about the limits of subversive humor and censorship.