Phunny Business: A Black Comedy, produced, written, and directed by John Davies ’75 debuted Thursday, February 23, on Showtime.
The documentary chronicles the rise and fall of All Jokes Aside, a Chicago-based comedy venue considered by many to be the preeminent black comic showcase in America throughout the 1990s. The club provided early exposure to major talent like Steve Harvey, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx, MoNique, Bernie Mac, D.L Hughley, Cedric The Entertainer, and others.
Davies’ documentary includes footage of these stars “back in the day,” as well as current interviews with them discussing the importance of the venue to their careers. The documentary will air throughout March and April.