Thursday, June 18, 2015

Screening "When Comedy Went to School"

Why are there so many Jewish comedians? When Comedy Went to School answers this question with an entertaining portrait of this country's greatest generation of comics—the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, all of whom make appearances in the film, telling jokes and telling their 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. Those Catskill hotels and bungalow colonies provided the setting for a remarkable group of young comedians to hone their craft and become worldwide legends. It was truly When Comedy Went to School.

Please join us on Saturday evening, June 20th at 7:00 PM, when we welcome writer/producer Larry Richards, who will show and discuss his documentary about Jewish comedians who came from the Borscht Belt, and about the culture of the Borscht Belt that nurtured them.

When Comedy Went to School has been shown at the Jewish History Museum and many other venues. 

$10 suggested donation. Light refreshments. Open to the public.

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