In 1991, entrepreneur and Morehouse graduate Raymond Lambert risked his career and savings on a business venture with friend James Alexander. The two opened All Jokes Aside, a comedy club that specifically catered to an African American audience, in Chicago's South Loop. All Jokes Aside “created something,” Lambert's mentor and best-selling author Chris Gardner explains in the foreword to All Jokes Aside: Standup Comedy Is a Phunny Business. That something, Gardner adds, is “still desperately needed in the Chicago marketplace” (xii). All Jokes Aside follows Lambert's obstacle-laden path to opening Chicago's first (and only) black comedy club and chronicles its unfortunate demise in 1998. The book ends on a note of hope, however, as Lambert briefly explains his decision to make a documentary about the club. The critically acclaimed Phunny Business: A Black Comedy (John Davies, 2012) draws from countless interviews with the comedians (Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Jamie...

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