Event Time and Date
Tuesday, March 21 2017, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Ferne Pearlstein's feature documentary, THE LAST LAUGH, proceeds from the premise that the Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of the Nazi concentration camps used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Still, any hint of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line? If we make the Holocaust off limits, what are the implications for other controversial subjects--9/11, AIDS, racism--in a society that prizes freedom of speech? THE LAST LAUGH weaves together interviews with influential comedians and thinkers (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Sha-lom Auslander) with an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone and rare footage of cabarets in concentration camps. Valerie Sperling (Holocaust and Genocide Studies/Political Science) and Amy Richter (History) will facilitate a conversation following the film. Co-sponsored by the Higgins School of Humanities, the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program, and Screen Studies.
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons 2nd Floor
36 Maywood Street