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The Last Laugh
October 30, 2016$16
The Toronto Jewish Film Festival presents The Last Laugh which had its World Premiere at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and its International Premiere at Hot Docs 2016.
The cast includes Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Rob Reiner, Jeffrey Ross, Alan Zweibel, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, David Steinberg, Lisa Lampanelli, David Cross, and Etgar Keret.
Two Screenings: 1:00pm and 4:00pm and both screenings are followed by a Skype Q&A with director Ferne Pearlstein and producer Robert Edwards.
What’s funny about the Holocaust? Join Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Etgar Keret, and many other comedians and writers, as they share their thoughts on whether humour can be used when discussing the Holocaust.
“The Last Laugh is about taboos in humor, starting from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy,” says director Pearlstein “but is that actually true? History shows that even the victims of the concentration camps used humor for survival and resistance. But where’s the line? If we make the Holocaust off-limits, what are the implications for other controversial subjects — AIDS, racism, 9/11 — in a society that prizes freedom of speech?”
“The Holocaust itself is not funny. There’s nothing funny about it. But survival, and what it takes to survive, there can be humor in that.” -Rob Reiner, Director
“I am…privy to many of the films that are released on a yearly basis about the Holocaust. I cannot think of one project that has taken the approach of THE LAST LAUGH. THE LAST LAUGH dispels the notion that there is nothing new to say or to reveal on the subject because this aspect of survival is one that very few have explored in print and no one that I know of has examined in a feature documentary.” – Richard Tank, Executive Director at the Simon Wiesenthal Center