Chicago Partner Konstantinos (Dino) Armiros and Erik L. Kantz provided corporate legal work for the producing entity and also negotiated distribution agreements for the documentary ”Phunny Business: A Black Comedy,” premiering Thursday, February 23, at 7:30 CST, 8:30 EST on Showtime. Mr. Armiros serves as legal counsel for John Davies, director and producer of the documentary. “Phunny Business” will also be available through XFinity TV’s On Demand library of movies as part of the networks’ recognition of Black History Month. Arnstein & Lehr is credited at the end of the movie.
The documentary chronicles the former Chicago comedy club All Jokes Aside which opened in the 1990′s. At the time it was the leading venue for African American comedians in the country. Raymond Lambert, the owner of the club, is featured in the movie, along with a number of known comics, including Jamie Foxx, Cedric The Entertainer, Steve Harvey, George Wallace, Bernie Mac, JB Smoove, and Craig Robinson. The documentary has been well received in the film festival circuit. It has also received favorable press, with Roger Ebert giving it three stars. It was prominently featured in the Chicago Tribune, appearing as a front page story in the Tribune’s A&E section.
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