Why We Laugh: Documentary and Discussion on Black Comedy
February 18, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Anderson Center 111
The Hedgman Center
Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy is a no-holds-barred documentary that is both an insiders’ take and a critical examination of the cultural influence of Black comedy. Why We Laugh is a hilarious and spectacular archived film enriched by including interviews with prominent scholars, politicians, cultural critics and a host of notable comics Dave Chappelle, Katt Williams, Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Robin Harris, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, Redd Foxx, Dr. Cornell West, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Kweisi Mfume and more. Why We Laugh tracks the way black comedy has evolved from Steppin’ Fetchit and minstrels and 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 like Eddie Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg.