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Florida Premiere

When Jews Were Funny

Directed by Alan Zweig

Canada | 90 minutes | 2013

Insightful and often hilarious, the latest from documentary filmmaker Alan Zweig surveys the history of Jewish comedy, from the early days of the 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. Zweig presents a casual, first-person history of Jewish stand-up, unearthing some amazing archival footage and interviewing some of America's most successful and influential comics, including Howie Mandel, Jackie Mason, Marc Maron, Gilbert Gottfried, Shelley Berman, Shecky Greene, Jack Carter, David Steinberg, and Super Dave Osborne. Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Alan Zweig was born and educated in Toronto. He has worked in the film industry as a writer, producer, director and actor for twenty-five years. His films include Vinyl (2000), Family Secrets (2003), and A Hard Name (2009), which won the Genie Award for Best Documentary.
Director Alan Zweig
Countries of Production Canada
Year of Presentation 2013
Language(s)
Premiere Status Florida Premiere
Runtime 90 minutes
Principal Cast Howie Mandel, Gilbert Gottfried, Marc Maron, Rodney Dangerfield, Jackie Mason, Judy Gold
Award(s)

Winner Best Canadian Film at TIFF

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