When Comedy Went to School Reviews

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 3, 2013
If you can overlook [the] unfortunate stuff, and a cornball windup, what's left is fascinating and funny.
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 20, 2013
Shallow but interesting and a lot of fun.
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 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 1, 2013
The archival footage is rich. The interviews - with Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller and others - are saucy and spirited, and the history is terrific.
August 1, 2013
A mildly entertaining documentary about the rise of stand-up Jewish comedians and their boot camp in the Catskills.
July 31, 2013
Works equally as social history as a survey of standup comedians of the Borscht Belt. Will be enjoyed by everybody but particularly by those who spent time in the Catskills.
July 31, 2013
Fortunately for the filmmakers, most of the comedians interviewed here - Jerry Stiller, Jackie Mason, Jerry Lewis and many other (mostly male) voices - provide lighthearted remembrances to elevate this poorly executed documentary.
Top Critic
July 30, 2013
[A] charming but skin-deep documentary ...
July 30, 2013
By no means a great documentary, but it's a very entertaining one, mostly because of the entertainers it spotlights - the generations who passed through the Catskills, learned their craft and went on to create modern American humor.
July 29, 2013
This enchanting documentary on the rise, fall, and small-scale rebirth of the Catskills has something of a fairy tale quality.
July 26, 2013
a delightful entertainment that packs a lot of information in entirely painlessly. This is a fun piece of history and thank goodness it is preserved in this film.
June 7, 2013
A humorous look at Borscht Belt comedians during the Golden Age of American Comedy.