The Borscht Belt, the Jewish Alps, the Sour Cream Sierras... From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York (primarily Sullivan and Ulster Counties) were the place to be for the growing Jewish community in the Northeast.
Every day people who never imagined themselves as inventors, business owners, culture shifters, and reinventors have begun exploring all those unexplored sides of who they are, and what they might become.
Steven Feinartz's documentary The Bitter Buddha follows Eddie Pepitone through his everyday life as well as to shows as he tries to improve his act. I spoke with Feinartz and Pepitone about where Eddie's comedy comes from, the role of comedian as truth teller, and a lot more.
With the rise of more confessional, experimental, and storytelling styles in the exploding category of alternative standup comedy, it seems that the angry comic has largely been left by the wayside. But comedian Eddie Pepitone clearly never received that note.