Ever wonder why so many famous comics are Jewish? This year’s Jewish Film Festival, the 23rd annual showcase of worldwide Jewish cinema, aims to answer that question tonight at a screening of When Jews Were Funny, a documentary focusing on comedians of the ’60s and ’70s. Among the 49 other features and shorts on screen will be a sneak preview of Yuval Adler’s Bethlehem — Israel’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Film — as well as the New York premiere of Maurice Linnane’s documentary Amy Winehouse: The Day She Came to Dingle, which follows the late singer’s time in Ireland. Plus, catch a special 30th anniversary screening of Wim Wenders’s 1984 classic road Paris, Texas as well as two surprise films selected by the acclaimed director. In between movies, browse the exhibit on Saul Bass — the Jewish designer behind some of Hitchcock’s, Preminger’s, and Scorsese’s most iconic title sequences and film posters — located in the Furman Gallery across from the theater.

Mondays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Starts: Jan. 9. Continues through Jan. 23, 2014