WBEZ | Phunny Business: A Black Comedy http://www.wbez.org/tags/phunny-business-black-comedy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Raymond Lambert puts all jokes aside to talk 'Phunny Business' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-25/raymond-lambert-puts-all-jokes-aside-talk-phunny-business-91028 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-25/All Jokes Aside.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span class="filefield_audio_insert_player" href="/sites/default/files/phunny-biz[1].mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-114604" player="null">phunny-biz[1].mp3</span></p><p>For many, All Jokes Aside was, “The best comedy club you’ve never heard of.” Through the '90s, this South Loop venue provided early exposure for black comedians like <a href="http://www.steveharvey.com/" target="_blank">Steve Harvey</a>, <a href="http://www.chrisrock.com/" target="_blank">Chris Rock</a> and <a href="http://www.jamiefoxx.com/" target="_blank">Jamie Foxx</a>. But although many of those who played the venue subsequently shot to national fame, All Jokes Aside quietly closed after only eight years. Now, a new documentary – <a href="http://phunnybusinessmovie.com/"><em>Phunny Business: A Black Comedy</em></a> – tracks the emergence of the club and its significance as a showcase for black comedians in the city. To find out more <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by the film’s co-producer and former owner of All Jokes Aside, Raymond Lambert.&nbsp;<br> <strong> </strong></p><p><em>Phunny Business: A Black Comedy </em>screens Saturday, Aug 27th and Thursday, Sept 1st at the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/">Gene Siskel Film Center</a>. It’s part of the <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest2011" target="_blank">17<sup>th</sup> Annual Black Harvest International Festival of Film and Video</a>.</p></p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-25/raymond-lambert-puts-all-jokes-aside-talk-phunny-business-91028