When Jews Were Funny
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Alan Zweig investigates the history of Jewish culture in America in the 20th Century by showcasing how the humor of the Hebrew people has evolved and stayed the same over a long period of time in his documentary When Jews Were Funny. He interviews a number of prominent and up-and-coming Jewish comics in order to get their opinion on if Jewish culture has fundamentally changed since Zweig was a child. Among the interviewees are David Steinberg, Shecky Greene, {$Andy Kindler, and Bob Einstein. Also included are vintage television performances by such legends as Alan King and Jackie Mason. When… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Zweig's movie is equal parts witty and provocative ..."
‑ Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a jumbled purpose in a film that is otherwise rambling conversation with some grand old names."
‑ Jay Stone, Canada.com
"It's fun viewing."
‑ Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail
"On the whole, I think When Jews Were Funny is a strong testament to a lost age, a kind of elegy to the self-deprecation and introspection that certainly shaped in a major way modern comedy."
‑ Jason Gorber, Twitch
"Director Alan Zweig's own anxieties get in the way of his larger questions about humor and Jewish identity, leaving us with more yuks than nuanced ideas."
‑ Daniel Walber, Nonfics
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