When Comedy Went to School
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When Comedy Went to School
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, Larry King, and others, all of whom make appearances in the film, telling jokes and telling their stories. (c) International Film Circuit

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Will do little to crystallize the convoluted picture of how the Catskills had a lasting impact on comedy."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"The film is slight at 77 minutes, and not all that funny."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Enlightening history lessons and lots of one-liners delivered by yesteryear's stars of tomorrow preserved on vintage footage of yesteryear."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"Where's the joy? Where's the dramatic conflict? Where's the beef? Uh, brisket?"
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"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."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"Shapeless and generic."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It answers that age-old question: What happens when a can't-miss subject gets missed?"
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Relaxed, affable look back at the golden age of Jewish resorts of New York's Catskill Mountains."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"With its cheap Television production values, Karaoke quality soundtrack, and poorly focused narrative, these legendary comedians definitely deserve something better than this."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"Oy gevalt!What a disappoinment!"
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"If you can overlook [the] unfortunate stuff, and a cornball windup, what's left is fascinating and funny."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"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."
‑ Donald Liebenson, RogerEbert.com
"It's not bad, but it will be a better fit when it eventually ends up on PBS or the History Channel."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Shallow but interesting and a lot of fun."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
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