Thursday, July 10, 2014
After debuting at a few Jewish film festivals, Alan Zweig's documentary on the evolution of Jewish humor, When Jews Were Funny, has come to Netflix as a downloadable "play now" film.
Insightful and often hilarious, the latest from the Canadian documentary filmmaker surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of Borscht 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 film features interviews with and clips of jokes from some of the most famous Jewish comedians, including Alan King, Rodney Dangerfield, David Steinberg, Shelley Berman, Jackie Mason, Jack Carter, Stewie Stone, and Howie Mandel.
It also includes some of the new younger such as Elon Gold, Modi, and Cory Kahaney.
Here's the film's trailer. You can download and play the entire film instantly at Netflix.com. It's also available at Amazon.com.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)
Posted by Al at 12:52 AM