The documentary "Lunch" is just what it describes, a seat at the kibitz table with a gathering of acclaimed showbiz writers, performers and directors whose Golden Age of You-Name-It comedy pedigrees are remarkable: Sid Caesar, Hal Kanter, Carl Reiner, Arthur Marx, Matty Simmons and Rocky Kalish, to name a handful.
For more than 40 years, this gang of funnymen has met on alternating Wednesdays — currently at Factor's Famous Deli on Pico, where Donna Kanter (Hal's daughter) captured them for her film — to eat, joke, tell stories and chart each other's aging, referred to as "the organ recital."
The modestly assembled "Lunch" is part fly-on-the-wall, part interview, semi-biography, all homage and certainly a testament to the way wit and longevity are (should be?) linked.
It's also invariably a tease, as there isn't nearly enough time to dig into each attendee's rich well of anecdotes, although with the recent passing of Groucho's son Arthur and legendary joke-writer Kanter, their screen time feels especially valuable.