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Alan Zweig's When Jews Were Funny (First Run Features) is a funny and entertaining film in which popular comedians from the past and present provide an abundance of surprising opinions and witty humor. Veterans of the '40s and '50s deny that their comedy reflected anything of Jewish culture; for younger comics, their biggest influences are family members, fathers, aunts and yentas. Many bemoan the loss of Yiddish, while arguing about the quintessential Jewish joke.Perhaps the movie's real subject isn't so much comedy but what it means to be Jewish. It's an impossible question to answer . . . but it's also one well worth exploring, especially in a movie as funny and heartfelt as this one. Insightful and often hilarious, When Jews Were Funny 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. The flick features many funny faves, including Shecky Green, Howie Mandel, Shelley Berman, Gilbert Gottfried, David Steinberg, David Brenner and Marc Maron. Five bonus clips make it even funnier: Shecky Calls Jack, Name That Tune, "Kenina Hurra," Shecky Mania and Jewish Joke Medley.

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