Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? This “entertaining and thought-provoking film” (Variety) puts the question about comedy’s ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried and many other critical thinkers, as well as Holocaust survivors themselves. Through these interviews and clips from our favorite standup comedy, TV shows, and movies, The Last Laugh offers fresh insights into the Holocaust, our own psyches, and what else—9/11, AIDS, racism—is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. The Last Laugh premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and went on to screen at close to 100 festivals around the world including HotDocs (Toronto), Munich, Jerusalem, London, Rome, and IDFA (Amsterdam). Following its theatrical run in early 2017, it was shown nationwide on PBS’s Independent Lens series where it is presently the frontrunner for the online Audience Award.
Ferne Pearlstein is a filmmaker based in New York City. A graduate of Stanford University’s Master’s Program in Documentary Film, the International Center of Photography, and the University of Michigan, she is a prize-winning cinematographer, feature film editor, and writer/director whose work has won numerous awards and been screened and broadcast around the world.
Sponsored by the Zucker/Goldberg Center for Holocaust Studies
Sponsor: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program