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Indeed, this was a poor display of good comedians with the exception of Whoopi, Tom, Larry, and one or two others. I find this docu-mockery an exclusion of great comedians and shameful. I didn't care for it. The late great Richard Pryor was mentioned in a story about assault/womanizing in a flippant way. I still don't know why freddie prinze jr (why was he even in the damn thing?) told the story about Pryor -- it only felt like he wanted to uplift his father's memory and downgrade Pryor's as the comedian who got his ass kicked. It just wasn't funny!
I agree with other disappointed commenters that the lack of diversity/minority is apparent and terrible. And, to add insult to injury, Amy Schumer who I think is the least funny person was included to tell a story about her narcissism. News flash Amy! We already knew that most actors/comedians are narcissistic -- otherwise they wouldn't have made it on their mediocre talents like you and that Jennifer law-whats her face.
I love a good laugh but this docu-mockery of comedians was more misery with less comedy. You were warned.
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