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Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy

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Darryl Littleton's insightful book Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African-Americans Taught Us to Laugh serves as the inspiration for Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell's take no prisoners documentary offering a critical overview and insider's perspective on the cultural impact of black comedy. Icons of comedy Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, and Keenan Ivory Wayans, among others, all weigh in on what it means to be a black comic in America, while cultural critics, noted scholars, and prominent politicians trace the ...
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Overview

Darryl Littleton's insightful book Black Comedians on Black Comedy: How African-Americans Taught Us to Laugh serves as the inspiration for Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell's take no prisoners documentary offering a critical overview and insider's perspective on the cultural impact of black comedy. Icons of comedy Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, and Keenan Ivory Wayans, among others, all weigh in on what it means to be a black comic in America, while cultural critics, noted scholars, and prominent politicians trace the evolution of black comedy from the days of Stepin Fetchit and blackface minstrels straight through the small screen success of The Jeffersons and Good Times and on to the cinematic superstardom enjoyed by Eddie Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg. Dave Chapelle's controversial career serves as a rich topic of debate, while the implication of corporate attempts to capitalize on the remarkable success of Spike Lee's Original Kings of Comedy and Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam highlight the ways in which individuals can inspire change in a cultural level.
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Special Features

Extended interviews with Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, Sherri Shepherd, Katt Williams & Steve Harvey
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/27/2010
  • UPC: 883476011400
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Code Black Ent
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Bassett Voice Only
Technical Credits
Robert Townsend Director, Producer
Jeff Clanagan Executive Producer
Agusta Einarsdottir Editor
Richard Foos Executive Producer
Ronald Jones Score Composer
Darryl Littleton Executive Producer, Producer
John Long Screenwriter
Quincy Newell Producer, Screenwriter
Lydia Nicole Associate Producer
Angela Northington Producer
Dana Riddick Associate Producer
Skip Robinson Editor
John W. Simmons Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy
1. Opening Credits [2:27]
2. Expression and Inspiration [1:20]
3. Minstrel Era [6:30]
4. Main Stream In America [3:55]
5. Redd Foxx & Dick Gregory [11:06]
6. 1970/1980 Comedy TV Shows [20:06]
7. Chris Rock & Whoopi Goldberg [14:18]
8. Urban Culture on TV [4:55]
9. Kings of Comedy [7:19]
10. Taking Responsibility [3:33]
11. Dignity Does Matter [7:11]
12. End Credits [3:11]
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Disc #1 -- Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy
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