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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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Credited cast:
Norm Crosby ... Self
Marc Maron ... Self
Gilbert Gottfried ... Self
Howie Mandel ... Self
Bob Einstein ... Self
Rodney Dangerfield ... Self (archive footage)
Eugene Mirman ... Self
Shelley Berman ... Self
Jack Carter ... Self
Elon Gold ... Self
David Steinberg ... Self
Judy Gold ... Self
Shecky Greene ... Self
Jackie Mason ... Self (archive footage)
Alan King ... Self (archive footage)
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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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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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References Seinfeld (1989) See more »

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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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