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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 100 Minutes
  • Region: 1 Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Director: Dave Greene
  • Cast: Lewis Black, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt, Robert Klein
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Color: Color
  • Release Date: 2008
Where did comedy come from? Where's it going? Comedy Central's acerbic Lewis Black takes us along for a raucous ride as he tries to find the world's funniest joke. Sitting down with the great comedians of yesterday, today and tomorrow, over 50 funny men and women reveal what makes them, and in the process, us, laugh! Black's hilarious journey uncovers where jokes come from, what inspires comedians to make a career out of comedy, the nature of laughter, improv, the dirty joke and the role of truth (and pain!) in comedy. Are men funnier than women? Do we laugh at the same things? Are people born funny? You may not find out the answers to these questions but you'll have an awfully good time trying. Join Lewis Black as he ponders these and other great mysteries of the comedic universe along with Dave Attell, George Carlin, Kathy Griffin, Robert Klein, George Lopez, Kathleen Madigan, Patton Oswalt, Penn & Teller, Robin Williams and many, many more comedy greats!

Nothing wrecks a joke like explaining it. But Lewis Black, as in all things, defies the odds and conventions. His HISTORY OF THE JOKE explores the past, present and future of funny and still manages to be, well, absolutely hilarious.

The always-provocative Black searches for the secret ingredients of a great joke and takes you along for the wild ride! Join him as he discovers living history and meets personal heroes, including Dave Attell , George Carlin, Shelley Berman, Kathy Griffin , Robert Klein, Kathleen Madigan, Penn & Teller, and Robin Williams. Then check out the future of joke-telling, with bits and interviews from over 50 of today’s up-and-coming standup comedians.

Black's hilarious journey uncovers where jokes come from, what inspires comedians to get into comedy, the nature of laughter, improv, the dirty joke and the role of truth in comedy.

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