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

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 31, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 17, 2014
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Donald Liebenson

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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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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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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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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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

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

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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Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald

Where's the joy? Where's the dramatic conflict? Where's the beef? Uh, brisket?

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