When Comedy Went to School

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    Jerry Lewis in "When Comedy Went to School."

Film:

When Comedy Went to School

Showtimes:

Tuesday Mar 04 07:30 PM
Sunday Mar 09 01:00 PM
Friday Mar 14 01:00 PM

Location:

Doris Duke Theatre

Price:

Museum members: $8.00
General Admission: $10.00


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About the Film:

Directed by Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank. 2012, 98 mins. In English.

Why are there so many Jewish comedians? And why are they so incredibly funny? When Comedy Went to School answers this question with an entertaining portrait of America’s greatest generation of comics—which includes Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, all of whom offer up great jokes, hilarious anecdotes, and keen insights in this laugh-a-minute film. 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. Those Catskill hotels and bungalow colonies became a comedy boot camp where young Jewish-American comedians honed their craft, created modern stand-up and became worldwide legends. Official Selection: Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Maine Jewish Film Festival; Nashville Jewish Film Festival; Toronto Jewish Film Festival.

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