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Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy
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(2009)

Directors Robert Townsend and Quincy Newell offer this comprehensive and hilarious examination of the history, evolution and cultural significance of African American comedy in America, from the earliest minstrel shows to the latest HBO special. Featuring interviews with cultural critics and loads of comedic clips, this program features appearances by a who's-who of black comedians including Chris Rock, Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg and many more.

Runtime:
1:35
Released:
January 01, 2009

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Cast

Lnyfy4eao628glm2ffqdzr1vjsj Franklyn Ajaye Himself
3famacimuv7edsatcucw7e4iben Angela Bassett Narrator
Khqmlcjaaigvqr5d91drxvnmhzf Bill Bellamy Himself
Julian Bond Himself
Todd Boyd Himself
Topper Carew Himself
Jeff Clanagan Himself
Vvs9v6giexmggirisevsfkp7ed7 Bill Cosby Himself
Stanley Crouch Himself
Elijah Cummings Himself
Q0f7f4jyfz5xvcaebxtbqlfltlx Tommy Davidson Himself
Michael Eric Dyson Himself
Walter Fauntroy Himself
Shang Forbes Himself
Marla Gibbs Himself
Fjfb0gq0thsrakzbz3gltzj8y0s Louis Gossett Jr. Himself
Dick Gregory Himself
Jgz5hdtc3axyxbsulqay1pkwqol Eddie Griffin Himself
Ix7nnhjt5bvveyvag29wv3d141w Steve Harvey Himself
L5ejfxpiejsa4vgqlnpokgitvwy D.L. Hughley Himself
Sheila Jackson Lee Herself
Eddie Levert Himself
Lkgkdvsbkwstaa26gfz9ffexnvk Faizon Love Himself
Kweisi Mfume Himself
F3btqojm9qvvjfcvav5wyegl4ff Kel Mitchell Himself
2oxh2sx32c3w7t7hmorppngcugg Mo'Nique Herself
1z47jevyzlzia1qsbnahzfvpuv8 Paul Mooney Himself
2sd1njrdkzwehny2aqfzgtv1xtt Garrett Morris Himself
Emmztjrwhrpr1m8gepw1bvqjb6a Charles Q. Murphy Himself
A7u6kufbfxdw1rarhnjrmuncswp Niecy Nash Herself

Crew

Directing

Robert Townsend Director

Writing

John Long Writer

Quincy Newell Writer