When Jews Were Funny – clip


When Jews Were Funny is director Alan Zweig’s personal exploration into the roots and manifestations of his Jewish identity, particularly the question of how this Jewishness has persisted though he’s done nothing to maintain it. And it’s a World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival. He begins his exploration by trying to answer a question that’s intrigued him since childhood.  Why were all the comedians he watched on TV in the fifties and sixties Jewish? At first he doesn’t get the answers he was hoping for but he trusts in the old saying, “two Jews, three opinions” and eventually some answers start to form.