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Hail Caesar! How Catskills helped define America's sense of humor

Hail Caesar! How Catskills helped define America's sense of humor

Your favorite jokes would be very different — you certainly wouldn’t tell them the same way — if it were not for a generation of Jewish comedians who helped define America’s sense of humor in the Catskill Mountains from the 1930s through the 1960s.

That’s the lesson of “When Comedy Went to School,” a film with plenty of South Florida ties opening in theaters nationwide on Friday.

“It was the breeding ground for the standup comic,” former Miami resident Larry King says with a wink, before launching into a story about how he lost his virginity while working as a Catskills busboy.

Narrated by comic Robert Klein, the film is first a paean to the petri dish that produced such...

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