A filmmaker is screening his critically-acclaimed film called “Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy” on Wednesday, April 13, at the Doc Bryan Lecture Hall.
Darryl Littleton is a documentary producer, comedian, writer, actor and board member of the Comedy Hall of Fame.
Littleton has written for well-known comedians such as Katt Williams, Cedric the Entertainer and more than 100 others.
He is flying in from Alabama to screen his film that has elements of comedy in it.
According to a press release, the documentary features performances by and interviews with many of the most prominent African-American comedians in history, including Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor and Chris Rock.
Littleton has said he believes that comedy is undervalued or overlooked as an art as opposed to music or painting, and said he hopes to “bring comedy to the level of the other arts” by creating awareness and appreciation.
Littleton encouraged students who enjoy comedy to attend the screening. “If you like to laugh, you’ll want to come to this,” Littleton said.
The department of history and political science is sponsoring this event as an attempt to show that history can be fun and exciting.
Dr. David Blanks, professor of history and department head of history and political science, said in an email, “history is not just about memorizing names and dates; it can be engaging and informative and a lot of fun at the same time.”
The screening is part of the David Krueger lecture series sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science.
The David Krueger lecture series has been going on for around four years and is done to honor David Krueger, a former historian of the Department of History and Political Science, for his service to Arkansas Tech University.
The department will sponsor another series event in the fall will feature Paul Hutton, who participated in a television series for A&E called “The Real West.” He will be invited to the Tech campus and will talk about Davy Crockett.
The event is free to students and the surrounding community.