Phunny Business: A Black Comedy | Chicago Reader

Phunny Business: A Black Comedy

This documentary revisits the South Loop comedy club All Jokes Aside, which operated from 1991 to '98 and presented such notable black stand-ups as Bernie Mac, Steve Harvey, and Dave Chappelle. Given this track record, the movie is woefully short of performance footage, but it delivers an object lesson in Chicago politics: Raymond Lambert, one of the club's founders, cowrote the script, which focuses on the tricky political and financial maneuvers necessary to maintain a good venue. The city is treated with refreshing ambivalence, celebrated for its entrepreneurial spirit but also condemned for its ongoing racial segregation. John Davies directed.

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Director:

  • John Davies

Cast:

  • John Ridley

Producers:

  • Reid Brody
  • John Davies
  • Raymond Lambert

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