When Jews Were Funny
When Jews Were Funny (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: March 31, 2014
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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Zweig's movie is equal parts witty and provocative ...

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Daniel Walber

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.

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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail

It's fun viewing.

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Jay Stone

It's a jumbled purpose in a film that is otherwise rambling conversation with some grand old names.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Zweig couldn't defer to a more insightful batch of interviewees.

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Jason Gorber

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.

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