comedy

INDEPENDENT LENS
The Last Laugh

 

Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, and other Jewish comics and thinkers discuss the provocative question of whether any topic – including the Holocaust – should be off-limits in comedy.

 

FINDING YOUR ROOTS
Tragedy + Time = Comedy

FINDING YOUR ROOTS: Tragedy+Time=Comedy

 

Join Harvard scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., as he delves into the genealogy of 27 guests. Each story illuminates the vast patchwork of ethnicity, race and experience that makes up the fabric of America.

 

Tragedy + Time = Comedy
Uncover a history of tragedies and triumphs in the families of three of America’s funniest men – Jimmy Kimmel, Norman Lear and Bill Hader – as they learn how comedy truly has its place in all aspects of life.

 

VICIOUS:
The Holiday Special

 

Freddie (Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Derek Jacobi) host a holiday soiree in their small central London flat. Ash (Iwan Rheon), their young upstairs neighbor, has volunteered to cook the meal, their feisty best friend Violet (Frances de la Tour) is up to her old tricks, and a wicked game of Truth or Dare brings up hidden truths – and surprises as well.

 

Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches

 

Join beloved funny lady Carol Burnett as she presents her own personally selected favorite moments from her long-running variety series The Carol Burnett Show. Featured are Carol and her troupe of regulars – Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence and Lyle Waggoner – and special guests Steve Martin and Betty White. Several of the sketches Carol selected include footage from the first five years of the series, which have never been re-aired.

 

VICIOUS
Gym

 

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi star in this UK comedy series as partners Freddie and Stuart, who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. The duo are always cracking snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance and flaws, but underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another.

 

Gym
Feeling unfit, Freddie and Stuart join Ash at his gym, where a young fitness instructor persuades the pair to sign up for an expensive membership.

 

VICIOUS
Sister

 

Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi star in this UK comedy series as partners Freddie and Stuart, who have lived together in a small central London flat for nearly 50 years. The duo are always cracking snide remarks aimed at the other’s age, appearance and flaws, but underneath their vicious, co-dependent fighting, they have a deep love for one another.

 

Sister
Violet panics when her wealthy sister Lillian, whom she hasn’t seen in years, announces a visit.

 

Eddie Murphy:
The Mark Twain Prize

 

Salute comedian/actor Eddie Murphy, the latest recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. From the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, some of the biggest names in comedy salute the 18th recipient of the humor prize, including Dave Chapelle, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall, Brittany Howard, George Lopez, Sam Moore, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah, Joe Piscopo and Chris Rock.

 

I’LL HAVE WHAT PHIL’S HAVING
Los Angeles

 

Journey with Phil Rosenthal, creator of the TV series Everybody Loves Raymond , as he learns from chefs, vendors, culinary leaders and style-setters. Rosenthal visits the kitchens on and off the well-worn gastronomic path that keep traditions alive and create new ones.

 

Los Angeles
Tag along as Phil invites his LA friends, like Martin Short and Allison Janney, to his favorite spots around the city, including LA’s oldest farmers’ market. A taco truck crawl and visits to bakeries complete the tour.

 

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