Phunny Business: A Black Comedy
Directed by John Davies | USA | 2010 | 85min | (Q&A)
PHUNNY BUSINESS: A BLACK COMEDY chronicles the rise and fall of Chicago’s All Jokes Aside, which for a decade was the preeminent showcase in America for black comedians. This mostly unheralded star factory affected American pop culture, giving early exposure and early paychecks to major talent like Steve Harvey, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, Mo’Nique, Bernie Mac, Carlos Mencia, D. L. Hughley, Cedric the Entertainer, Adele Givens, Melanie Comarcho, Mike Epps, JB Smoove, Ali LeRoi, Aries Spears, George Willborn, Sheryl Underwood, Laura Hayes, Bill Bellamy, Craig Robinson, Deon Cole, Earthquake and Tommy Davidson. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning commentator and writer John Ridley, PHUNNY BUSINESS is a heartwarming and ultimately heartbreaking hidden history of Chicago’s premiere black comedy club, saluting the legendary showcase as well as the comedians who graced its stage during its heyday.
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