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When Jews Were Funny

HD   14A Closed Captioning

Alan Zweig

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About the Movie

Insightful and often hilarious, the latest from documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring not just ethnicity in the entertainment industry, but also the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 6
  • Fresh: 4
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 6.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Zweig's movie is equal parts witty and provocative ... – Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mar 31, 2014

Fresh: It's fun viewing. – Dave McGinn, Globe and Mail, Nov 15, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Some laughs but as a whole not very good

I saw this movie at TIFF and it was not very good. The comedians were very funny at times and there are some good laughs. Having said that, the movie has no real direction with no take on anything. The director is completely lost in the point he is trying to make and a number of the comedians turn on him the second they realize this. Watch if you want some laughs and if you want to see an angry Shelley Berman and Bob Einstein. Just don’t expect to see the film say anything new, enlightening or interesting.

Funny and thought provoking

What an insightful and thought provoking film. Laughs from legendary comedians coupled with interesting takes on the past present and future of Jewish comedy.


Saw this film in Montreal. Heard that it had won best feature film at the TFF and thought it would be jokes end to end. It was more then that. A true look at what made Jewish comics funny years ago. It was insightful, engaging, self deprecating, touching and funny. Thoroughly enjoyed my evening out.

When Jews Were Funny
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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