Who wants to join me for this Canadian film?
"Born out of his curiosity for the prevalence of Jewish comedians in the 1950s and 60s - a surprising trend since the Jewish community was largely marginalized and encouraged to assimilate during these decades - the film investigates America’s fascination with Jewish comics. Through interviews with some of the industry’s greats, including Shelly Berman, Shecky Greene, and David Steinberg, he examines how Jewish humourists succeeded in a homogenized market and helped build the foundations of modern-day American humour. Zweig’s deadpan questioning often leads to some hilariously comedic give-and-take moments, illuminating, not only the roots of Jewish humour, but ultimately what it means to be Jewish."
The film starts at 7:45pm. Let's meet around 7:30pm in the lobby of the Garneau. I'll have a bouquet of fake flowers so that you can identify me. The film is pretty short (90 minutes), meaning we can always go out afterwards for a coffee and a chat about the film or about life.
Hope to see you then!