Why We Laugh tracks the evolution of black comedy from the character of Stepin Fetchit and minstrels in blackface to the politically tinged humor of Dick Gregory, and from the television success of Good Times and The Jeffersons to the big-screen accomplishments of stars such as Eddie Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg. The film also turns a perceptive eye on the controversial career decision of Dave Chappelle and the implications of corporate efforts to capitalize on the massive success of Russell Simmons’s Def Comedy Jam and Spike Lee’s The Original Kings of Comedy.

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2 min 25 sec Duration
  • Posted: February 04, 2010
  • Director: Robert Townsend
  • Writer: John Long
  • Studio: Independent
  • Release: February 4, 2010
  • Cast: Unknown or Not Available

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