By the late 1980s, Lambert was earning a six-figure salary as an investment banker on Wall Street, but dreamed of starting his own company. With zero experience, an equally committed partner, and a little borrowed money, he opened All Jokes Aside, and before long was helping to launch some of the biggest names in comedy.
This is story of Lambert's journey, a behind-the-scenes look at the world of show business, and an inspiring tale for any would-be entrepreneur. Chock-full of cautionary tales both humorous and dramatic, revealing details on the early careers of top performers, and tangible guidance on how to build a business from the ground up, this book is a much-needed recent history of black entertainment and a powerful memoir of entrepreneurial ups and downs.
Publisher: Agate Publishing
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 369 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 20 mm
"Full of history and context and has a sense of humor befitting its subject matter." Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"[One of] the best documentaries of the year." Roger Ebert
"A wonderfully entertaining documentary about the club where it all began for many of today's top comic talents. " Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
"This is one documentary that comedy fans won't want to miss." Huffington Post
"Breezy, vivid, funny, star-studded and delightful valentine to comedy, entrepreneurship and the All-American impulse to make something out of nothing.... Isn't just a great Chicago story and a great comedy story: it's a flat-out great story, lovingly and engagingly told." Nathan Rabin, head writer The Onion/A.V. Club
"A gem! A funny, insightful, honest knockout winner of a film about the serious business of comedy. A film that's an absolute must see movie. Four stars!" Sergio Mims, EbonyJET Online
"An invaluable look back at an all-too-brief but shining and important moment in the history of comedy." Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
"The heartwarming and ultimately heartbreaking hidden history of south side Chicago's premiere Black comedy club. Inspirational, motivational, hilarious." David Rensin, author and contributor editor Playboy
Praise for All Jokes Aside, Raymond Lambert's iconic Chicago comedy club:
"I did a show at All Jokes Aside, and I got about four standing ovations...it was about the best show I had at that particular time in my career." Bernie Mac
"All Jokes Aside was a mecca; when you went there to perform, you saw black folk running a comedy club the way a comedy club should be run. Ray Lambert took it to the next level." Steve Harvey
"If you can get booked here, be a headliner at All Jokes Aside, you knew that, you know, you were considered in the upper echelon of comedians working at that time." Cedric the Entertainer
"If you went over the roster of comics that played All Jokes Aside, it would be a who's who of comedy." D.L. Hughley
"Whenever anybody asks me how I got my start, I don't hesitate to mention All Jokes." Craig Robinson
"You couldn't just be Black, you had to Black and funny and good at All Jokes Aside." Sheryl Underwood
"It (All Jokes Aside) developed a discipline in those of us that were there that you carried with you through the rest of your career." Don D.C. Curry
"All Jokes Aside was the one club where you didn't feel that sexism. I experienced equality with my fellow male comedians." Laura Hayes
"Not only was the club a great Black comedy club, it was a great comedy club...period." Mike Epps
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