Special advance screening!
Filmmakers in person!
- PHUNNY BUSINESS: A BLACK COMEDY
- 2010, John Davies, USA, 84 min.
Once upon a time on Chicago’s near South Side, the comedy club All Jokes Aside functioned as a veritable “star factory,” launching the careers of comics including Steve Harvey, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, MoNique, Bernie Mac, Carlos Mencia, and many more. The brainchild of Raymond Lambert, the club was major on the national scene and a powerhouse of black talent, but, in many ways, it was Chicago’s best-kept secret. After a decade, the club fell victim to the economy and the twists of local politics, but the legend lives on in this dynamic documentary narrated by John Ridley. Named Honorable Mention for the Christopher Wetzel Award for Independent Film Comedy. HDCAM video. (BS)
Director/writer John Davies, producer/writer Raymond Lambert, producer Reid Brody, and DP/Editor Brian Kallies will be present for audience discussion.