Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009)

2 Jun

I’m a big fan of stand up comedians and regularly visit comedy nights in the local theaters. I also like to watch the big American comedians and there are quite a lot i still remember lines from (for example Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Eddie Murphy). Why we laugh gives an insight into this branch of entertainment.

The title of this documentary gives a good summary of the subject. In this movie an overview is giving about the growth of black comedy, from the beginning last century up to Dave Chappelle. Comedians like Stepin Fetchit, Redd Foxx, Pick Gregory and Flip Wilson are talked about (which i didn’t know). Slowly they work towards the seventies and beyond and they talk about Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, the Kings of Comedy, Whoopie Goldberg and Dave Chappelle. So it’s a pretty complete overview of the history.

The documentary is consists of interviews with various comedians (Katt Williams, Chris Rock, the Wayans brothers and many more), people in congress and has a voice over by Angela Bassett. It also uses a lot of clips of various routines from the comedians that are discussed. This all results in a very interesting, informative and funny documentary.

Score: 9


One Response to “Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009)”


  1. I Am Comic (2010) « Just Documentaries - 3 June 2011

    […] you are looking for a movie about stand up comedy, I would recommend Why we laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy (2009), which shows the history of the profession, shows a lot of bits from live shows making it a more […]

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