|A Look at Jewish Comedians
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Posted: August 5, 2013
by Ted Greenberg
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Yesterday, I passed by the IFC Center, the movie theater in Greenwich Village across from the famed baseketball court on Sixth Avenue. I noticed that a documentary – When Comedy Went to School – is now playing on its screens. Curious, I looked up the documentary, which I had not heard about before.
The film by Mevlut Akkaya & Ron Frank opened last week, and it chronicles how the Borscht Belt, resorts located in New York’s Catskills Mountains, gave Jewish comedians the opportunity to develop their acts. Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, among others, are profiled in the film. The comedians tell jokes and illuminate how they became household names. The film sounds like a must see for anyone into comedy and its history.
The New York Daily News raves, “Think you know all about comedy? This thorough, funny and thoroughly funny chronicle of the Catskills mountains resorts — that is the Borscht belt — will teach you a thing or two.”
When Comedy Went to School plays at least through August 6th. If you want to check it out, visit the IFC Center website.