The Last Laugh

2016 | USA | NR | 89 min.


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Film Info
Section:US Official Selection: Documentary
Release Year:2016
Runtime:89 min.
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Renee Firestone
Klara Firestone
Gilbert Gottfried
Rob Reiner
Mel Brooks
Director:Ferne Pearlstein
Produced by:Robert Edwards
Amy Hobby
Anne Hubbell
Ferne Pearlstein
Jan Warner
Screenwriter:Robert Edwards
Ferne Pearlstein
Cinematography:Anne Etheridge
Ferne Pearlstein
Editing By:Ferne Pearlstein


Is there such a thing as a good joke about the Holocaust? Is it okay to laugh about 9/11 or the AIDS epidemic? Too soon? Ferne Pearlstein seamlessly weaves together film clips, stand-up performances, interviews with notable Jewish comedians—including Rob Reiner, Sarah Silverman, and Mel Brooks—as well as incredible archival footage of cabarets inside concentration camps, to make a smart, provocative, and often hilarious documentary about the way laughter can be lifesaving when we’re in the midst of our darkest hours. “The Last Laugh” features an unforgettable cameo by Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, who describes life under Nazi occupation and finds humor in her horrific past. This brilliantly-crafted film will force you to think while you laugh out loud. In Person: Director Ferne Pearlstein.