Co-presented by the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival
Enroll in comedy school with the Catskill comedians who taught America how to laugh in this highly entertaining new documentary featuring Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason and many more!
“The archival footage is rich. The interviews are saucy and spirited, and the history is terrific.” – Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
“An enchanting documentary on the rise, fall and small-scale rebirth of the Catskills … an expertly and lovingly assembled artifact.” – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
“FOUR STARS! A hilariously funny and delightfully nostalgic look at a bygone era.” – Jennifer Merin, About.com
Why are there so many Jewish comedians? When Comedy Went to School answers this question with an entertaining, affectionate and hilarious portrait of this country's greatest generation of comics - the generation that includes Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl and Jerry Stiller, all of whom make appearances in the film, delivering jokes and telling their personal stories. The answer is also found in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains, aka the Borscht Belt, where Jewish immigrants transformed lush farmland into the 20th century's largest resort complex, providing the setting for a remarkable group of young Jewish-American comedians to hone their craft and become worldwide legends. It was truly When Comedy Went to School. Packed full of laughs with Danny Kaye, Mel Brooks, Red Buttons, Lenny Bruce, Henny Youngman, Joan Rivers and many more performing in the Catskills; plus early appearances by the younger generation including Woody Allen, Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld. Narrated by Robert Klein; also featuring Larry King, Dick Gregory, Mickey Freeman, Hugh Hefner and Joe Franklin. “Take my wife, please!” (Dir. by Mevlut Akkaya & Ron Frank, 2013, 2013, USA, 77 mins., Not Rated, International Film Circuit) Digital