Phunny Business: A Black Comedy

Synopsis: For a decade, Chicago's ALL JOKES ASIDE was one of the preeminent comedy clubs in the country and gave early exposure and early paychecks to many of the nations most important young comedians including: Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, MoNique, Dave Chappelle, Cedric The Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, Mike Epps, Aries Spears, Adele Givens, Carlos Mencia, Bill Bellamy, Deon Cole, JB Smoove, and Bernie Mac to name a few. The rise and fall of All Jokes Aside and salutes the legendary showcase for it's major contribution to comedy history.
Director(s): John Davies
Production: Indican Pictures
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Year:
2011
81 min
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BUT, HE'S A GOOD FRIEND OF

MINE AND YOU ALL KNOW AND LOVE

HIM, CHICAGO'S NUMBER ONE

COMEDIAN MR. GEORGE WILLBORN.

CHICAGO'S NUMBER ONE COMEDIAN

MR. GEORGE WILLBORN!

WHAT'S UP Y'ALL.

YES INDEED.

I'M A GET RIGHT TO IT 'CAUSE

UM, I KNOW THAT'S WHAT YOU ALL

BEEN WANTING TO KNOW.

EVER HAVE YOU NOTICED THA WHEN IT COMES TO BOMBS BLACK

FOLKS AIN'T NEVER INVOLVED.

WHENEVER THEY CART SOMEBODY

AWAY FOR BLOWING SOMETHING

UP IT AIN'T NEVER NO BLACK

PERSON. YOU KNOW

WHY DON'T YOU?

YOU HAVE TO BE ON TIME TO

MESS WITH BOMBS.

CAN YOU IMAGINE A BLACK PERSON

TRYING TO DELIVER A BOMB?

THEY'RE LIKE - OH NO!

(SFX:
CLOCK TICKING)

OH NO... OHHHH! I AIN'T GONNA

MAKE IT! UH-OH! BOOM!

(SFX:
EXPLOSION)

I DON'T KNOW ANYBODY MAN,

TODAY, THAT'S STILL DOING IT,

WHO HAS A LONG CAREER THA DIDN'T GO TO ALL JOKES ASIDE.

ALL JOKES DURING THAT PERIOD

WAS THIS GREAT INCUBATION OF

SOME OF THE GREATER COMICS

WE HAVE.

IF YOU WENT OVER THE ROSTER OF

COMICS THAT PLAYED ALL JOKES

ASIDE IT WOULD BE A WHO'S WHO

OF COMEDY.

JAMIE FOXX...DAVE CHAPPELLE...

STEVE HARVEY...CHRIS ROCK...

BILL BELLAMY,,,EARTHQUAKE...

TOMMY DAVIDSON...MO'NIQUE...

ADELE GIVENS...ARIES SPEARS...

BERNIE MAC...D.L. HUGHLEY...

LAURA HAYES...T.K. KIRKLAND...

SHERYL UNDERWOOD...

DON D.C. CURRY...

A.J. JAMAL...MIKE EPPS...DAMON

WILLIAMS...CARLOS MENCIA...

CEDRIC THE ENTERTAINER...

MELANIE COMARCHO...DEON COLE...

ANDRE KELLEY...J. ANTHONY

BROWN...MIKE BONNER...

GEORGE WILLBORN...ALI LEROI...

RODNEY WINFIELD...JONATHAN

SLOCUMB...CRAIG ROBINSON...

HONEST JOHN...TONY SCULFIELD...

GEORGE WALLACE...JB SMOOVE...

LAVELL CRAWFORD...

THE ORIGINAL KINGS &

QUEENS OF COMEDY,

HEY MUTHAFUKA, DON'T

COME BACK HERE...

I DID A SHOW AT ALL JOKES

ASIDE, AND I GOT ABOUT FOUR

STANDING OVATIONS,

ABOUT THE BEST SHOW I'VE

HAD AT THE PARTICULAR

TIME IN MY CAREER.

WHENEVER ANYONE ASKS ME HOW I

GOT MY START I DON'T HESITAN TO MENTION ALL JOKES.

ALL JOKES WAS A COMEDY CLUB,

SEVEN DAYS A WEEK, THREE

SIXTY-FIVE A YEAR.

OH, YEA!

NOT ONLY WAS THE CLUB A GREA BLACK COMEDY CLUB, IT WAS A

GREAT COMEDY CLUB PERIOD.

YOU KNOW WHY THEY DON'T TAKE

BLACK HOSTAGES, DON'T YOU?

'CAUSE WE'RE BAD

BARGAINING CHIPS.

WHAT ALL JOKES ASIDE MEANT TO

THE BLACK COMEDIAN WAS

SOMETHING THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE,

WHICH WAS OPPORTUNITY.

YOU COULDN'T JUST BE BLACK,

YOU HAD TO BE BLACK AND FUNNY

AND GOOD AT ALL JOKES.

TO SEE A BLACK CLUB THA ALLOWED US TO SAY WHAT WE

FELT, UNCENSORED, I THOUGHT I

WAS IN HEAVEN.

YEAH, DIVORCE IS ROUGH, BU THAT'S ONE THING I GOTTA GIVE

CREDIT 'BOUT WHITE MEN.

WHITE MEN DON'T GET NO

DIVORCE, THEY KILL THEIR

WOMEN.

ALL JOKES ASIDE WAS THE FIRS FIVE-STAR BLACK COMEDY CLUB,

PERIOD.

ALL JOKES ASIDE OPENED ITS

DOORS IN CHICAGO'S SOUTH LOOP

IN 1991.

SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTAN COMEDIANS IN AMERICA GOT THEIR

START...

MISS ADELE GIVENS Y'ALL, GIVE

IT UP FOR HER.

POLISHED THEIR ACT...

MR. JAMIE FOXX Y'ALL, GIVE I UP FOR HIM.

OR MADE A NAME FOR

THEMSELVES...

MR. STEVE HARVEY Y'ALL.

AT ALL JOKES ASIDE.

WHEN THEY CLOSED, OH GOD, I WAS LIKE, OUCH!

UNTIL IT'S UNFORTUNATE AND

AVOIDABLE DEMISE IN 2000...

WHEN THE CLUB CLOSED DOWN MAN,

I WAS LIKE, GODDAMN!

IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST AND

MOST SUCCESSFUL BLACK-OWNED

COMEDY CLUBS IN THE COUNTRY.

CAUSE EVERYBODY WHO TOUCHED

THAT STAGE GOT BETTER BY

TOUCHING THAT STAGE.

THESE COMEDIANS WOULD GO ON TO

CHANGE TELEVISION, THE MOVIES,

AND POP CULTURE.

TOGETHER, THEY RODE THE LAS WAVE OF THE STAND-UP TSUNAMI,

AND MADE ALL JOKES ASIDE AN

IMPORTANT STOP ON THEIR ROAD

TO STARDOM.

WHY?

BECAUSE FOUNDER RAYMOND

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