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Why We Laugh (2009)

Chris Rock , Eddie Murphy , Robert Townsend  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Redd Foxx, Bill Cosby, Stanley Crouch
  • Directors: Robert Townsend
  • Writers: Quincy Newell, John Long
  • Producers: Quincy Newell
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Codeblack Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00344EAQE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Why We Laugh" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Experience the laughter that has influenced generations! Why We Laugh features performances, insights and interviews from some of the most celebrated and outspoken comedians of our time, including Dave Chappelle, Whoopi Goldberg, Katt Williams, Chris Rock, Steve Harvey, Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Bill Cosby, Dick Gregory, Robin Harris, Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, Redd Foxx and more. Why We Laugh is a must see for every true comedy fan!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much Needed. November 23, 2010
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As a young fan (24 years old) of Comedy. I was blown away to see where black comedy came from. Most of the material made we more aware of my history. I'm aware of Richard Pryor, Red Foxx and Dick Gegory but really wasnt aware of the struggles they and comdey surpassed. What I mean is the impact these comedians had on entertainment. This documenary was very informative and should be viewed by everyone that is a fan of Black Comedy. I bought this DVD thinking it was going to be a collaboration of all the Great comedians pieces. And instead I was educated on their impact on black entertainment. I Loved it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful documentary...highly recommended! April 2, 2010
Man, this film impressed me! As a fan of music, I've always paid attention to how music and artists affect our culture but I have never really examined the cultural influence of black comedy. This film does a magnificent job, enlisting highly credible voices. What's really dope about it is that although it's educational, its remains funny and entertaining the entire way through! I can't wait for the DVD!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why We laugh September 19, 2010
A Kid's Review
An imformative and inspiring documentary, which puts the importance of comedy in perspective. Understanding the role that it has played in the shaping and reflection of a culture. Also it was great to see the thoughts and opinions of many outstanding leading comics. As one in the Arts, it encouraged me to continue to strive for excellence and have something to say.Why We Laugh
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5.0 out of 5 stars Verty Funny!! July 8, 2013
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I didn't KNEW this would be that funny and I laughed so much. This was a really fun-to watch DVD. Anyone will laugh out loud and have a good time listening to this comedy
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5.0 out of 5 stars keep on laughing!! March 12, 2013
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The strength of comedy comes from deep within the person who delivers it. Why We Laugh is amazing! The stories these comedians share are felt by all, not just by the Black culture. Humor has kept many of us going. Finding laughter in hardships continues to be the way many people find/show that they are stronger than whatever obstacles have been put in place to detour their accomplishments. The comedians who have left us continue to be an inspiration for the comedians of today and tomorrow. WHY WE LAUGH is a historical find that will be enjoyed many times over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars informative February 17, 2013
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had some good comice doing commentary and very interesting on the beginnings of some of the best comics to have graced a stage
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why We Laugh January 13, 2013
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Purchased for nephew who is pursuing a comedy career. He was very excited and already had a copy, which he had loaned to a friend. Very important film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! November 24, 2012
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I love to laugh!! And looking at the science of why we laugh made it VERY interesting!! Great movie with great comedians!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars history well told
great look at the history of black comedy through sense and respect of the untold stories of people whom made history well made highly recommend
Published 9 months ago by reel2reel
4.0 out of 5 stars Look how far we have come
I enjoyed watching this, It shows you how far black comedians have come. It's informational and It's good to see all the top black comedians thoughts on what comedy is and what... Read more
Published on October 16, 2011 by Carl Mickens
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed watching the journey
Today on Twitter I asked Tony Rock, "If you had to choose between a woman who could make you laugh nonstop and a serious woman who could make your toes curl, which 1? Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by Shamontiel L. Vaughn
3.0 out of 5 stars Where was MARTIN LAWRENCE????
I'm getting ready to order this DVD, but in the video, I don;t see Martin Lawrence. Now, this is a problem for me, because you have Kat Williams on here, but no Martin? Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by M. Peterson
1.0 out of 5 stars Why We Laugh
I do not like this DVD at all...Not at ALL what I expected and hope that Amazon will take this back and give me a credit for something that I will enjoy! Read more
Published on February 22, 2011 by Paquita
2.0 out of 5 stars we need more EDUCATION in our comedy
This is an informative documentary reminding "Black" people who choose to negotiate their self-worth by ignoring all the degrading, negative racial perceptions/stereotypes of the... Read more
Published on May 18, 2010 by Wayne
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