A documentary called "Hammer & Tickle". It covers communist humor from 1917 all the way up through the Velvet Revolutions, and there's even a segment devoted to Vaclav Havel and the way his group's absurdist protests helped change Czechoslovakian policy (announcing they would give away toilet paper at a demonstration, forcing the police to announce arrests of on anyone in the area of the demonstration in possession of toilet paper...)
The film is punctuated by cartoon renditions of various jokes. These cartoons range from funny to kinda unnecessary, but hey.
It was made by Ben Lewis, adapting it from his own book
on the subject. He also wrote an essay
on the entire thing which is not only good supplemental reading, but great if you can't find a copy of the film. I can't quite recommend the source from which I got the film, but I can recommend the readings.
The best joke of the entire thing quite neatly encapsulated the Soviet leadership and their attitudes: Stalin, Kruschev, Brezhnev and Gorbachev are travelling on a train when it breaks down.
"The train has stopped!" Stalin cries. "Somebody shoot the driver!"
"No, no," Kruschev says. "Rehabilitate
"That is not necessary!" says Brezhnev. "We can just draw the curtains in the compartment and pretend
Gorbachev just shook his head. "Comrades, comrades. Get out and help me push.