Make ‘Em Laugh

Around this time last month, I happened to be flipping channels, and ended up on PBS. The documentary that I landed in the middle of was titled “Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America.” I only saw about an hour of it, but it was an extremely interesting, thought-provoking and hilarious look at the history of comedy and comedians from the silent film era on up to the present-day.  I was a little frustrated when I saw that it would not be airing again anytime soon. Then, serendipity intervened in the form of a P.R. agent with a product for me to give some free press to over here on the site!    

To my delight, the DVD set of the very documentary that I wanted to complete was offered to me to review. Here was my chance to get to see the earlier parts that I missed, as well as my chance to put on my fellow lovers of comedy. The documentary features interviews with just about everybody who is anybody in the world of comedy, along with hours of hilarious and classic footage from a who’s who of performers.

I only wish the website for “Make ‘Em Laugh” had been as diligent in their efforts to spotlight the best. They have Web Episodes that are interesting, but they neglected to reach out to the undisputed funniest person on the web, yours truly: Leon of! Such an oversight is unacceptable! I’d hate to have to go to PBS and interrupt a pledge drive to slap some people around, so don’t let it happen again! Comprende?! Capiche?! Understood?!

Just making sure we’re crystal clear on this one, PBS. I will go to Sesame Street and make an oversize 6 piece combo meal out of Big Bird if y’all leave me off another comedy list again.

All threats to children’s show characters aside, I highly recommend purchasing this 3 DVD set, especially if you are a student of comedy. Plus, it comes with a custom whoopee cushion! Yeah…I said it! Comedic history, and free fart noises! What more could you possibly ask for?!

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7 Responses to “Make ‘Em Laugh”

  1. Seth Pickens 27. Feb, 2009 at 11:27 am #

    I peeped that documentary on PBS a few weeks back. Classic. But why are you telling us to buy it? You know you need to break it up in to about 17 different 9 minute clips and put on You Tube for us….

  2. ListenToLeon 27. Feb, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    @ Seth, that thing is 3 disks! I don’t have that type of free time! LOL

  3. anonymousnupe 27. Feb, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

    But doesn’t the exclusion of such a stalwart master comedian (that would be you)immediately render the PBS product impotent and illegitimate? And yet you still (begrudgingly) endorse it. Funny and altruistic. That’s our Leon.

  4. ListenToLeon 27. Feb, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    @ anonymousnupe, nothing’s perfect!

  5. aquababie 28. Feb, 2009 at 10:38 pm #

    i can across this by accident as well. i agree it’s worth buying.

  6. ZvExqXxd 11. Nov, 2009 at 10:08 am #

    Hi! mEGbaG

  7. Patricia Meigel 29. Oct, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Thanks for the post. I will forward it on to a couple of colleagues.

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