From the creative mind behind comedic classics such as Borat and Bruno, Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy explores the vast depths and varying definitions of comedy in different cultures all around the world. From Russia, China, India, Iran, Nigeria Turkey and more, Charles travels to the unlikeliest of places and speaks to the unlikeliest of comedians to unearth just how dangerous and how meaningful the world world of comedy can be.
Larry Charles is an award winning writer, director, producer best known for his work on Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat, Bruno, The Dictator, and Religulous.
Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy is Executive Produced by Larry Charles and Joe Russo, Anthony Russo and Mike Larocca, under their nonfiction label, ROAM.
“‘I am grateful to Netflix for giving me the opportunity to tell this honest and harrowing and heartbreaking story of comedy in the face of war and violence and death,” Charles said. “Comedy as a tool of rebuilding, as an instrument of healing and as a weapon of truth. From Somalia to Iraq to right here in the United States, comedy is essential to our survival.”
Larry Charles visits the war ravaged countries of Iraq, still in the midst of a war, and Liberia, slowly recovering from one to find out from war survivors who have suffered painful personal loss, how theyve used comedy as a healing tool for themselves and their societies. Then he speaks to a war survivor who is also a war criminal but still likes to laugh.
Larry speaks to veterans, wounded and traumatized by war, from Iraq, where we visit an Isis prisoner in jail, to Liberia where drug addicted former child soldiers perform comedy and live in abandoned cemeteries, to Somalia where he speaks to comedians who risk death by merely performing and learns of one comedian who was assassinated for his comedy to Los Angeles where Larry meets veterans who are transforming the horrors of their war experiences into comedy.
Larry explores issues of Race in comedy with African-American comedians, Native-American comedians, a comedian who also happens be an illegal alien, two alt.right racist comedians and gets some much needed perspective from Trevor Noah.
Larry talks to female comedians in Saudi Arabia about their struggles and triumphs, then visits Nigeria to talk to both male and female comedians there about the rampant rape culture in Nigeria and how it permeates comedy.