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  • Actors: Lewis Black, George Carlin, Robin Williams, Patton Oswalt, Robert Klein
  • Directors: Dave Greene
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D11A1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Where did comedy come from? Where is it going? Comedy Central's acerbic rLewis 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! Join Lewis Black as he ponders these and other great mysteries of the comedy 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!

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Elliston on November 26, 2008
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If you didn't see this show on the History channel it is worth it to pick it up on DVD. You have some of the best comedians around (and one amateur one) just telling jokes and discussing the ins and outs of comedy. The highlight of the DVD now seems to be the interview between Lewis Black and George Carlin. Listening to Carlin discuss comedy is like listening to Beethoven talk about music.

My only complaint that makes this 4-stars instead of 5 is the fact that the DVD is censored. I understand beeping out foul language when it's on TV, but if I'm paying $25 for the DVD, I'd kinda like to hear the "F" word.

Even with the censored language it is still a DVD worth getting, and you will laugh, over and over again even with multiple viewings. The topics range from PG-rated to X-rated, so please be aware that it is not family friendly. But hell, just put the kids to bed, the DVD is funny as hell.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By junesongprovider on November 24, 2009
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Full of intelligent discussion about the fundamentals of comedy from those who know it best. A multitude of great comedians weigh in, including the late George Carlin. Someone said something to this effect in an earlier review, but I absolutely agree: listening to Carlin discuss comedy is like getting a music theory class from Beethoven. Anyway, throughout, Lewis Black serves as a great interviewer, and it's always heartwarming to watch Black (a comedy heavyweight himself) laugh his ass off while interviewing his own comedy icons. Definitely worth the buy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Hermann on September 25, 2009
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Great approach to the subject. As always, Lewis Black delivers his approach to this subject in his very amusing style. This is a great addition to my Lewis Black collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ben J Korgen on December 25, 2013
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I love this account because it is a fun and entertaining team effort for giving viewers piercing insight into how we got the modern joke. I also love it because the leader of this effort is Lewis Black, one of the funniest men around. I recommend it for anyone who enjoys the high-adrenaline form of comedian delivery.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily B on February 15, 2011
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I purchased this DVD recently. I watched it and I really liked it. Like another person on here says, I agree they shouldn't have "bleeped" out the cuss words. But overall it was very funny and interesting. Lewis Black fans be aware he just hosts this thing. It's still a good DVD to watch so I don't regret buying it.
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By M. Boon on December 30, 2013
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As always Lewis Black does what he does best; be Lewis Black. It's not his best perform ance however he is always a delightful tour guide!
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By Kathleen on December 2, 2013
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I saw this the first time, and thought it was HILARIOUS!! Bought the cd...it was OK...I wonder if they didn't have all the scenes the History Channel version did?
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By Robert Koch on February 18, 2013
This will not disappoint! I saw this on the history channel when it first aired..I had to own it...so funny..and good usable jokes too
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