MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 3,673 this week

When Jews Were Funny (2013)

5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 237 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 9 critic

Surveys the history of Jewish comedy.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 39 titles
created 05 Sep 2011
 
a list of 43 titles
created 23 Aug 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 05 Jul 2013
 
list image
a list of 340 titles
created 01 Dec 2013
 
a list of 382 titles
created 01 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: When Jews Were Funny (2013)

When Jews Were Funny (2013) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of When Jews Were Funny.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

What gives your life meaning? Family, yoga, good food, those shoes that were on sale? Ray Robertson outlines this own list in his non-fiction book "Why Not: Fifteen Reasons To Live?" And ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Zweig
Stars: Jack Breakfast, Howard Engel
Jew (2009)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

This is a tragic story of a Jewish married couple who end up being in the midst of Holocaust.

Director: Jase Haber
Stars: Cj Abad, Jase Haber, Emma Jacobs
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Your Childhood Shall Never Die is about a group of people and their complicated relationships to one another. Vera is trying to figure out how to relate to her sons irresponsible father, ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Carlsson
Stars: Ingebjørg Buen, Helena Gezelius, Sigmund Hovind
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

FEATURING ZACH GALIFIANAKIS, SARAH SILVERMAN, PATTON OSWALT & MANY MORE! Cult-Comic Eddie Pepitone's life is on display in this unhinged portrait of creativity, enlightenment and rage.

Director: Steven Feinartz
Stars: Eddie Pepitone, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman
Red Obsession (2013)
Documentary | History | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The great chateaux of Bordeaux struggle to accommodate the voracious appetite for their rare, expensive wines, which have become a powerful status symbol in booming China.

Directors: David Roach, Warwick Ross
Stars: Russell Crowe, Sara Eisen, Debra Meiburg
Crime Inc (TV Series 2010)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Carl Quintanilla, Joseph J. LaRocca
Ping Pong Summer I (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A family vacation during the summer of 1985 changes everything for a teenage boy obsessed with ping pong.

Director: Michael Tully
Stars: Marcello Conte, Judah Friedlander, Amy Sedaris
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Didier Poiraud, Thierry Poiraud
Stars: Vanessa Paradis
Where's Howie (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Alan Zweig
Lovable (2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

At some point, everyone has asked the question, why is it so hard to find love? In this final installment of the autobiographical trilogy that includes Vinyl and I, Curmudgeon, Alan Zweig ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Zweig
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Alan Zweig
Stars: Linda Griffiths, Alan Williams
The Disciple (2013)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Ulrika Bengts
Stars: Erik Lönngren, Patrik Kumpulainen, Niklas Groundstroem
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Surveys the history of Jewish comedy.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

| |  »

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

25 March 2014 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Beautiful and Nostalgic
16 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am around the age of the director Alan Zweig, 60, and I come from a Jewish New York background, so I got exactly what Zweig was saying. We had very funny Jewish relatives and we watched Jewish comics on television almost every night of the week. We grew up at a very special time and only now are beginning to realize how special it was. Many Jews like myself and Zweig stopped observing all religious practices, married non-Jews and only had one or two child. I had about 15 or aunts and uncles and other funny Jewish relatives. My daughter only has three or four and they certainly aren't as funny. About every third comic/comedian on television was Jewish including many of the top ones like Jerry Lewis, Milton Berle and Jack Benny. Today, only about one out of ten are Jewish. For example, I think Vanessa Bayer is only one of the 15 comedians currently on SNL that is Jewish. Compare that to SNL in its first season where Lorraine Newman, Gilda Rahdna, Al Franken were all Jewish and the first three guest hosts George Carlin, Paul Simon and Rob Reiner were all Jewish, not to mention the show's creator Lorne Michaels and half the writing staff.

What I loved about seeing the movie was getting to see some old Jewish comics whom I haven't seen in decades. I was really glad to know that they're still alive and kicking, these include Norm Cosby, Shelley Berman, Jack Carter, David Steinberg ("Boolah, Boolah"), David Brenner, and Bob Einstein (whom I still remember best as Officer Judy on the Smothers Brothers Show). Seeing these and others brought back a flood of memories. It was like seeing childhood friends again.

The second great thing is that they all tell great old Jewish jokes in the movie. I had forgotten these wonderful jokes.

My only criticism of the movie is that I wish there were more clips of deceased Jewish comedians. Alan King, Rodney Dangerfield and Henny Youngman clips are shown, but there were dozens more that I would have loved to have seen, Irwin Corey, Joe E. Lewis, Molly Pecon, Bert Lahr, Red Buttons, Jan Murray, etc.

Still, it was a sweet and funny and beautiful little movie and it made me think about aspects of my life I haven't thought about in many, many years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Alan Zweig.


14 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
missing? schles-1
Discuss When Jews Were Funny (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page