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Can a tragedy in the scale of the Holocaust ever be the subject of comedy? Should it be? From a rich archive of performances to interviews with prominent comedians and an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, an intriguing conversation emerges over where to draw the line. Star-studded, provocative and entertaining, this doc dares to ask uncomfortable questions about just how free speech can be.

The Last Laugh is a feature documentary about taboos in humor, seen through the lens of the Holocaust, a topic that would seem to be absolutely off-limits for comedy. But is it? History shows that even the victims of Nazi concentration camps used humor as a means of survival. Still, any use of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line? And if the Holocaust is off limits, what are the implications for other controversial topics—AIDS, racism, 9/11—in a society that prizes free speech?

Centered on an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, the film features interviews with influential comedians and thinkers including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, Rob Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Alan Zweibel, Susie Essman, Harry Shearer, Jeffrey Ross, Shalom Auslander, David Steinberg, Deb Filler, Etgar Keret, Abraham Foxman, Zdenka Fantlova, Klaire Firestone, and many others.

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