Get us in your inbox

When Comedy Went to School: movie review

  • Film
  • 2 out of 5 stars
When Comedy Went to School
When Comedy Went to School

Time Out says

2 out of 5 stars

Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank’s reverent doc about the heyday of the Catskills comedy scene is big on repetitious observations from its distinguished roster of borscht belt alums (Jerry Lewis, Jerry Stiller), but conspicuously low on laughs. Ingratiatingly hosted by Robert Klein but marred by cheeseball re-creations, the film makes a case for New York resorts as the ultimate testing ground for Semitic stand-up from the 1930s through the ’60s, as well as an integral shaper of contemporary Jewish-American identity. But what’s missing is the onstage archival footage that would show us why this humor mattered in the first place—there are only a handful of five-second snippets.

Follow Andrew Schenker on Twitter: @aschenker

Written by Andrew Schenker

Cast and crew

  • Director:Mevlut Akkaya, Ron Frank
You may also like

    The best things in life are free.

    Get our free newsletter – it’s great.

    Loading animation
    Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

    🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!

    Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!