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Inside the History of Black Comedy in 'Why We Laugh'

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

In my experience, a lot of comedy documentaries consciously try to avoid the stereotypes of documentary filmmaking, possibly as a way to emphasize the “outsiderness” of comedy. So Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy stands out as an old-fashioned documentary about [...]