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When Jews Were Funny (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 25 March 2014 (USA)
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Surveys the history of Jewish comedy.

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Alan Zweig

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Alan Zweig
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Rodney Dangerfield ... Himself (archive footage)
Gilbert Gottfried ... Himself
Marc Maron ... Himself
Bob Einstein ... Himself
Howie Mandel ... Himself
Eugene Mirman ... Himself
Shelley Berman ... Himself
Jackie Mason ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Carter ... Himself
Shecky Greene ... Himself
Alan King ... Himself (archive footage)
Andy Kindler ... Himself
David Brenner ... Himself
Elon Gold ... Himself
Judy Gold ... Herself
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Alan Zweig's 2013 documentary "When Jews Were Funny" surveys the often colorful history of Jewish comedy in America. The documentary is insightful, often hilarious and packed with one-liners. While taking the viewer on the journey through the history of Jewish comedy, a second journey is taken in the exploration of what it means to be Jewish in America. Written by rleegray

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Canada

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English

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25 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Jack Carter: You avoided it like the plague. There was no Jewish Comedians per se. It was outlawed then. It wasn't... it wasn't in.
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Niche core audience
20 April 2014 | by heystevesteinbergSee all my reviews

While anyone can enjoy this nostalgic look at what it means to be a Jewish comic, the question Zweig keeps returning to is how to get a fix for his Jew Jones. As another babyboomer NYC Jew who grew up watching Jack Carter, Red Buttons, Myron Cohen, London Lee, Jack E. Leonard, Alan King, Joey Bishop, Norm Crosby, Professor Irwin Corey, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Howie Morris, Alan Sherman, Jerry Lewis, The Three Stooges, George Burns, Corbett Monica, Sandy Baron, Stanley Myron Handleman, Buddy Hackett, Shecky Greene, Danny Kaye, Pinky Lee, Eddie Cantor, Groucho Marx...in other words, the funnymen of the late 40s and 50s, it seemed the whole comedy world was Jewish. There's nothing particularly ethnic about any of the above performers, many of whom were cited in the documentary, but that sense of Jewishness in comedy is an historic relic. While the documentary contains many funny lines and examples of Jewish jokes, there's a sadness as an undercurrent that only fellow 60+ Jews can truly understand...the loss of a culture. I'm glad I watched the film, but it left me melancholy.


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