When Comedy Went to School
When Comedy Went to School (2013)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 17, 2014
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

Will do little to crystallize the convoluted picture of how the Catskills had a lasting impact on comedy.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film is slight at 77 minutes, and not all that funny.

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Kam Williams
Baret News

Enlightening history lessons and lots of one-liners delivered by yesteryear's stars of tomorrow preserved on vintage footage of yesteryear.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Shapeless and generic.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

It answers that age-old question: What happens when a can't-miss subject gets missed?

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Relaxed, affable look back at the golden age of Jewish resorts of New York's Catskill Mountains.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

If you can overlook [the] unfortunate stuff, and a cornball windup, what's left is fascinating and funny.

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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

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.

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Donald Liebenson
RogerEbert.com

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.

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