“Never in my life have I come in contact with a being so noble, so strong and as selfless as he was” - Albert Einstein on Wilfrid Israel
When Comedy Went to School
“Before there was Prozac, there was Jewish comedy… but you don’t have to be Jewish to love it.” — The Huffington Post
When Comedy Went to School looks back on an era when the legends of laughter were mere pishers*, and how the famous Catskill Mountains in upstate New York played a role in creating a golden generation of comics who made our sides split. Narrated by Borscht Belt* veteran Robert Klein, this documentary features revealing interviews and contributions from comedy iconoclasts such as Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jerry Stiller (pictured above), Jackie Mason, Larry King, Mort Sahl, Marc Maron and Wendy Liebman. The film also offers up rare archival footage of Rodney Dangerfield, Lenny Bruce, Henny Youngman, Don Rickles, Mel Brooks, Buddy Hackett, a young Jerry Seinfeld and Danny Kaye — all cutting their teeth on one of the toughest circuits in showbiz history.
76 min / English
Director — Ron Frank & Mevlut Akkaya
Category — All the World's a Stage