The Last Laugh (2016)

“Oh my God, that’s awful and hilarious… It’s awful hilarious” – Sarah Silverman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Apr 2022)

Brief Synopsis – Various comedians discuss the idea of where humor ends and where the fine line lies between humor and going too far.

My Take on it – This is a movie I came across after learning about the untimely death of Gilbert Gottfried recently.

I’ve always loved hos brand of comedy and after hearing this sad news, I looked around for a few films or documentaries featuring him.

Such an amazing idea that is shown so well.

The idea of discussing with comedians about whether there are limits to comedy subjects or not is done in such a fascinating way.

The film takes on the subject of Nazi humor with Jewish comics and Holocaust survivors and the reactions that they all give are quite diverse and shed so much light on the way of thinking of people in modern times.

The various interviewees are able to each give unique perspectives on the subject and that helps show how one needs to try and differentiate humor and taboo subjects when they come around.

It was quite intriguing to see how Mel Brooks answered many of the questions especially given the fact that his film The Producers (1967) is among the themes of this documentary since it pokes fun at Nazi’s and the Holocaust.

Loved the gamut of comedians chosen to be interviewed here and I found this film to be both poignant and hilarious at the same time due to the way that things are presented and structured here.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Much of the film is centered around Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone who discusses humor in the concentration camps and finding enjoyment in life after the war. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)


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