Event details

+ panel discussion with Bennett Arron, Debbie Chazen, Josh Howie and chaired by Jeni Barnett.

Attending this event

Debbie Chazen

DEBBIE CHAZEN is an actress, best known for the roles of Annie in the BBC comedy The Smoking Room, Big Claire in Mine All Mine and various others in the BBC sketch show Tittybangbang. She will be joining us for the panel discussion of The Last Laugh.

Josh Howie

JOSH HOWIE is a stand-up comedian. Most recently he starred in BBC Radio 4, Josh Howie’s Losing It, a sitcom in which he comes to terms with the impending birth of his first child. He will be joining us for the panel discussion of The Last Laugh.

Jeni Barnett

Actor, comedian and broadcaster JENI BARNETT presents a Sunday morning show on BBC London as well as standing in regularly for Vanessa Feltz on her weekday morning show. She has been a panelist on ITV’s Loose Women and Five’s The Wright Stuff, presented a number of well known cookery and breakfast TV shows, and was a long-time presenter of the children’s TV series You and Me.

Bennett Arron

BENNETT ARRON is an award-winning writer, actor, author and stand-up comedian and is the only Jewish/Welsh comedian on the comedy circuit.

Bennett recently wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed BBC Radio Series Bennett Arron is Jewelsh. His radio and television credits include presenting the documentary The Kosher Comedian for the BBC, appearing on Loose EndsNot Tonight With John Sergeant, Glee Time (in which he hosted a series of six stand-up comedy shows for ITV), Large (a satirical sketch show for the BBC), Never Write Off The Germans (a panel game show for Radio 2) three series of What’s The Story (a panel game show for BBC Wales) and he was a Presenter on Big Brother’s Little Brother.

He has written for many comedy programmes, including Off Their Rockers, Hit The Road Jack and the BAFTA-winning V Graham Norton. He also wrote over 20 episodes and a feature film of Genie in The House,  and episodes of the BAFTA-winning Slammer for the BBC. He was most recently one of the main writers on the new children’s sitcom Which is Witch? Bennett directed and presented the documentary How To Steal an Identity for Channel 4; which was “Pick of the Day” in The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Films screening at this event

The Last Laugh

Ferne Pearlstein
88 min

At what point is it acceptable for comedians to take on the most serious of topics and how does one comedian make us laugh while another falls flat on his or her face? Mel Brooks, Larry Charles, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sarah Silverman, Ricky Gervais, Etgar Keret, Joan Rivers and a host of other top comedians star in this fascinating film about the boundaries between humour and taboo subjects including the Holocaust and antisemitism. This is an engrossing and hilarious exploration of an important and ever-relevant topic.