Jewish Community Center 3301 Front Street, Harrisburg, PA MAP Screening followed by Live Stand-up Comedy with NANCY REDMAN
Tickets $10 (and include a little nosh after the show!)
When Comedy Went to School presents an entertaining portrait of this country’s greatest generation of comedians – the generation that includes the likes of Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Robert Klein, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller, Larry King, and others, all of whom make appearances in the film, sharing hilarious and personal experiences.
Why are there so many Jewish comedians? In the 1970′s when Jews represented 3% of the U.S. population, they made up 80% of professional comedians. Why is it that a nation which once laughed at the folk humor of Will Rogers, ended being captivated by the urbane parodies of “Seinfeld”? Is there a common denominator that made some Jewish-Americans comedy legends? What is their legacy? And in the immortal words of Butch Cassidy, “Who are those guys?”
The answer to these questions lies in the Catskill Mountains – comedy boot camp for American humor. Through archival clips and interviews and performances by comedy greats like Jerry Stiller, Sid Caesar, Larry King and Jackie Mason this entertaining exploration of American Jewish comedy pays homage to the Catskills’ greats and how they influenced the next generation of Jewish comedians including Joan Rivers, Woody Allen and a very young Jerry Seinfeld.
It was truly WHEN COMEDY WENT TO SCHOOL.
“**** Hilariously funny and delightfully nostalgic.” – Jennifer Merin, About.com
“Enchanting.” – Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
“Saucy and Spirited.” – Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News
“A great documentary.” – Bonnie Priever, Examiner.com
“Very Funny.” — George Robinson, Jewish Week
“Very entertaining.” — Stephen Whitty/The Star-Ledger
“Charming.” – Ella Taylor, NPR.org
“Lighthearted remembrances.” – Nicole Herrington, New York Times
“Informational, nostalgic, and very, very funny.” — Jessica Young, Jewniverse
“A must see for any fan of the current crop of stand up comedians. I really like this film.”
– Gil Whitely, Mile High Radio
“Fascinating. A goldmine of comedic insight. At an hour and a quarter, you just want more.”
– Steve Chavis, KUVO Denver
“Entertaining…even endearing. Provides a wealth of history, humor and nostalgia.”
– James van Maanen, Trustmovies
Nancy Redman has rightfully earned a place in the top echelon of the nation’s comedians. Verbally and physically dexterous, her performance is a high energy explosion of crazy characters and sharp one liners. Part Lucille Ball, part Groucho Marx, she is a perfect choice for any event.
Redman was featured on television’s Girls’ Night Out (Lifetime) and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She was also a two-time prize winner on America’s Funniest People (ABC). In addition, she “warmed up” audiences for hit shows like The Golden Girls (NBC) and Designing Women (CBS).
Nancy Redman is a regular performer at New York City’s famous Dangerfield’s and Laugh Factory and has appeared at many of the nation’s other comedy venues such as Los Angeles’ renowned Comedy Store and Laugh Factory as well as Atlantic City’s prestigious Tropicana and Claridge Hotels.
She has “opened” for show business legends Jackie Mason, Charo, Chubby Checker and Soupy Sales.
Redman’s critically acclaimed, award-winning one-person show, Clutter, was performed in the Estrogenius Festival at the Manhattan Theater and the United Solo Theater Festival at Theatre Row and HB Playwrites Theatre.
Her personal career highlight was when she entertained troops in the nation of Bahrain at the time of the first Gulf War.