When Comedy Went to School

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Released 2012

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When Comedy Went to School

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Director:
Mevlut Akkaya , Ron Frank
Released:
2012
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The birth of modern stand-up comedy began in the Catskill Mountains - a boot camp for the greatest generation of Jewish-American Comedians.

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  • 50

    Slant Magazine

    It confuses nostalgia for earth-shaking cultural upheaval, never really expounding on the actual effect of the Borscht Belt circuit's influence.

  • 50

    The New York Times

    Fortunately for the filmmakers, most of the comedians interviewed here — Jerry Stiller, Jackie Mason, Jerry Lewis and many other (mostly male) voices — provide lighthearted rem...

  • 40

    Time Out New York

    What's missing is the onstage archival footage that would show us why this humor mattered in the first place—there are only a handful of five-second snippets.

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