When Comedy Went to School

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This remarkable documentary presents an entertaining portrait of this country's greatest generation of comedians - the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Robert Klein, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller, Larry King, and others, all of whom make appearances in the film, telling jokes and telling their stories. (c) International Film Circuit

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  • One minute it's about the comedians, the next it's about the Catskills guest experience, the next about the Jewish immigrant experience and Jewish theatre, and the next about indefatigable Jewish humor itself.

    Oct 11, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Will do little to crystallize the convoluted picture of how the Catskills had a lasting impact on comedy.

    Oct 10, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Shapeless and generic.

    Oct 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • If you can overlook [the] unfortunate stuff, and a cornball windup, what's left is fascinating and funny.

    Oct 3, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • It answers that age-old question: What happens when a can't-miss subject gets missed?

    Sep 19, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This engaging documentary about Jewish-American comedians pays homage to the Borscht Belt masters of disrespect who brought their tumultuous, irreverent clowning into the American mainstream during the early days of network television.

    Aug 16, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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