When Jews Were Funny (2013)

When Jews Were Funny
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime N/A
Genres Comedy, Foreign, Documentary
Keywords comedian, comedy, culture, identity, Judaism
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Ted Fass Executive Producer n/a 174 3000003
Perry Rosemond Executive Producer n/a 174 3000002
Alan Zweig Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Naomi Wise Cinematographer n/a 402 6000001
Randy Zimmer Editor n/a 172 7000001
Jesse Ikeman Producer n/a 3 3000001
Alan Zweig Director n/a 2 2000001
Shecky Greene Actor Himself 1 1000003
Marc Maron Actor Himself 1 1000002
Gilbert Gottfried Actor Himself 1 1000004
Norm Crosby Actor Himself 1 1000005
Shelley Berman Actor Himself 1 1000006
Howie Mandel Actor Himself 1 1000001
Director Alan Zweig explores the roots and manifestations of his Jewish identity, and particularly, the question of how this Jewishness of his has persisted though he has done nothing to maintain it. He begins his exploration by trying to answer a question that has intrigued him since childhood: why were all the comedians he watched on TV in the fifties and sixties, Jewish? At first he does not 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.