When Comedy Went to School Reviews

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November 21, 2014
Enlightening history lessons and lots of one-liners delivered by yesteryear's stars of tomorrow preserved on vintage footage of yesteryear.
October 11, 2013
Relaxed, affable look back at the golden age of Jewish resorts of New York's Catskill Mountains.
October 11, 2013
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.
October 10, 2013
Will do little to crystallize the convoluted picture of how the Catskills had a lasting impact on comedy.
October 10, 2013
Where's the joy? Where's the dramatic conflict? Where's the beef? Uh, brisket?
October 10, 2013
Shapeless and generic.
October 3, 2013
If you can overlook [the] unfortunate stuff, and a cornball windup, what's left is fascinating and funny.
September 27, 2013
With its cheap Television production values, Karaoke quality soundtrack, and poorly focused narrative, these legendary comedians definitely deserve something better than this.
September 26, 2013
It's not bad, but it will be a better fit when it eventually ends up on PBS or the History Channel.
September 26, 2013
It's a must-see for comedy fanatics, supplying an education on the foundation of Jewish humor as a defense mechanism for oppression, brought to life on stage by the industry's sharpest minds.
September 21, 2013
Oy gevalt!What a disappoinment!
September 20, 2013
Shallow but interesting and a lot of fun.
September 19, 2013
It answers that age-old question: What happens when a can't-miss subject gets missed?
August 16, 2013
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.
August 15, 2013
For a disorganized film that has trouble deciding what it's about, "When Comedy Went to School" can be a lot of fun.
August 14, 2013
Too scattered and bereft of focus to connect with viewers outside of the most sympathetic and devoted habitus of old-school comedy.
August 12, 2013
Sometimes rises above schmaltzy nostalgia to become an informative, entertaining history of the stand-up comic. Worth watching are the personal perspectives of legends.
August 8, 2013
An alternately informative and hilarious documentary featuring reflections about the roots of the comedy icons who got their start in the Borscht Belt.
August 2, 2013
Superficial and hokey yet still oddly endearing ...
August 1, 2013
Ron Frank and Melvut Akkaya's documentary suffers from an approach by turns scattershot and schmaltzy.
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