Jewish Comedy Stars

Jews all over America will be watching Saturday night!” Two groups of over-the-top comedians made their mark in popular films. The Marx Brothers and the Three Stooges were not graduates of the Borscht Belt. Instead, their fame grew in ...

Author: Norman H. Finkelstein

Publisher: Kar-Ben Publishing ™

ISBN: 9781512490299

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 96

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From vaudeville to viral comedy on the web, here are more than 40 short biographies of Jewish comedians who heavily influenced the entertainment industry in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Sorted chronologically into chapters like "On Stage," "On Air," "On Fire," and "Comedy 2.0," this book profiles Jewish comedians from George Jessel to Sarah Silverman.

Jewish Comedy A Serious History

First: Jewish humor has to be produced by Jews. Maybe this is obvious, maybe it isn't, but it's part of our ground rules. How someone defines their Jewishness is a notoriously tricky subject—and, counter to some people's thinking, ...

Author: Jeremy Dauber

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393247886

Category: Social Science

Page: 416

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Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award “Dauber deftly surveys the whole recorded history of Jewish humour.” —Economist In a major work of scholarship that explores the funny side of some very serious business (and vice versa), Jeremy Dauber examines the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organizing Jewish comedy into “seven strands”—including the satirical, the witty, and the vulgar—he traces the ways Jewish comedy has mirrored, and sometimes even shaped, the course of Jewish history. Dauber also explores the classic works of such masters of Jewish comedy as Sholem Aleichem, Isaac Babel, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, and Larry David, among many others.

Jewish Humor

Reik, T. Jewish Wit. New York: Gamut Press, 1962. —. "Freud and Jewish Wit." Psychoanalysis 2 (1954): 12-20. Rosenberg, B., and G. Shapiro. "Marginality and Jewish Humor." Midstream 4, 1 (1959): 70-80. Rovit, E. "Jewish Humor and ...

Author: Avner Ziv

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351510936

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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The thirteen chapters in this book are derived from the First International Conference on Jewish Humor held at Tel-Aviv University. The authors are scientists from the areas of literature, linguistics, sociology, psychology, history, communications, the theater, and Jewish studies. They all try to understand different aspects of Jewish humor, and they evoke associations, of a local-logical nature, with Jewish tradition. This compilation reflects the first interdisciplinary approach to Jewish humor. The chapters are arranged in four parts. The first section relates to humor as a way of coping with Jewish identity. Joseph Dorinson's chapter underscores the dilemma facing Jewish comedians in the United States. These comics try to assimilate into American culture, but without giving up their Jewish identity. The second section of the book deals with a central function of humor--aggression. Christie Davies makes a clear distinction between jokes that present the Jew as a victim of anti-Semitic attacks and those in which the approach is not aggressive. The third part focuses on humor in the Jewish tradition. Lawrence E. Mintz writes about jokes involving Jewish and Christian clergymen. The last part of the book deals with humor in Israel. David Alexander talks about the development of satire in Israel. Other chapters and contributors include: -Psycho-Social Aspects of Jewish Humor in Israel and in the Diaspora- by Avner Ziv; -Humor and Sexism: The Case of the Jewish Joke- by Esther Fuchs; -Halachic Issues as Satirical Elements in Nineteenth Century Hebrew Literature- by Yehuda Friedlander; -Do Jews in Israel still laugh at themselves?- by O. Nevo; and -Political Caricature as a Reflection of Israel's Development- by Kariel Gardosh. Each chapter in this volume paves the way for understanding the many facets of Jewish humor. This book will be immensely enjoyable and informative for sociologists, psychologists, and scholars of Judaic studies.

Jewish Humor

First generation immigrant Jewish humor still focused on issues which occupied most Jews in Eastern Europe: anti-Semitism, the family, the rabbi, the matchmaker, the Yeshiva, the Jew versus the gentile, and so forth.

Author: Arie Sover

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527568082

Category: Humor

Page: 339

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This book details the evolution of Jewish humor, highlighting its long history from the period of the Bible to the present day, and includes a wide spectrum of styles that are expressed in various works and fields, including the Bible, the Talmud, poetry, literature, folklore, jokes, movies, and television series. It focuses upon three socio-geographic regions where the majority of Jewish people lived during the 18th to 21st centuries and where Jewish humor was created, developed and thrived: Eastern Europe, the United States and Israel. The text is a complicated mosaic based on three central components of Jewish life: historical experience, survival, and wisdom. It shows that one cannot understand Jewish humor without referring to the various factors which led the Jewish people to create their unusual sense of humor.

Jewish Wry

Jewish humor is more than a comedy of affirmation , " surmised Sharon Weinstein . " It is more accurately a comedy of continuity . To be Jewish is to remember what Jews have been as well as what they are . " As Weinstein observed of the ...

Author: Sarah Blacher Cohen

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814323669

Category: Humor

Page: 244

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Jewish Wry examines the development of Jewish humor in a series of essays on topics that range from Sholom Aleichem's humor to Jewish comediennes through to the humor of Philip Roth.

Jews and Humor

to make us transcend our own daily lives as well and to see, through humor, alternative visions of who we could be ... Among the many works on Jewish comedy, see Lawrence J. Epstein, The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in ...

Author: Leonard Jay Greenspoon

Publisher: Purdue University Press

ISBN: 9781557535979

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 236

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"Jews and humor is, for most people, a natural and felicitous collocation. In spite of, or perhaps because of, a history of crises and living on the edge, Jews have often created or resorted to humor. But what is "humor"? And what makes certain types, instances, or performances of humor "Jewish"? These are among the myriad queries addressed by the fourteen authors whose essays are collected in this volume. And, thankfully, their observations, always apt and often witty, are expressed with a lightness of style and a depth of analysis that are appropriate to the many topics they cover. The chronological range of these essays is vast: from the Hebrew Bible to the 2000s, with many stops in between for Talmudic texts, medieval parodies, eighteenth century joke books, and twentieth century popular entertainment.The subject matter is equally impressive.In addition to rounding up many of the "usual suspects," such as Woody Allen, the Marx Brothers, and Gilda Radner, these authors also scout out some unlikely comic resources, like the author of the biblical book of Exodus, the rabbinic writer of Genesis Rabbah, and the party records star Belle Barth. Without forcing any of these characters into a pre-constructed mold, the scholars who contributed to this collection allow readers both to discern the common features that make up "Jewish humor" and to delight in the individualism and eccentricities of the many figures whose lives and accomplishments are narrated here. Because these essays are written in a clear, jargon-free style, they will appeal to everyone-even those who don't usually crack a smile!" -- P. [4] of cover.

Visualizing Jewish Narrative

Jews shared with blacks the minority experience but unlike the latter could often “pass” in the majority culture, making American Jewish comedy a shotgun marriage of selfexamination and ...

Author: Derek Parker Royal

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781474248808

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 320

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Examining a wide range of comics and graphic novels – including works by creators such as Will Eisner, Leela Corman, Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Sarah Glidden and Joe Sacco – this book explores how comics writers and artists have tackled major issues of Jewish identity and culture. With chapters written by leading and emerging scholars in contemporary comic book studies, Visualizing Jewish Narrative highlights the ways in which Jewish comics have handled such topics as: ·Biography, autobiography, and Jewish identity ·Gender and sexuality ·Genre – from superheroes to comedy ·The Holocaust ·The Israel-Palestine conflict ·Sources in the Hebrew Bible and Jewish myth Visualizing Jewish Narrative also includes a foreword by Danny Fingeroth, former editor of the Spider-Man line and author of Superman on the Couch and Disguised as Clark Kent..

Encyclopedia of Jewish American Popular Culture

If we think of Jewish humor as it crystallized in the writing of Sholem Aleichem and would be carried to the stage by the likes of Myron Cohen, Jack Benny, Woody Allen, or Jerry Seinfeld; and if by comedy we mean the aggressive farce ...

Author: Jack R. Fischel

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313087349

Category: Social Science

Page: 512

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This unique encyclopedia chronicles American Jewish popular culture, past and present in music, art, food, religion, literature, and more. Over 150 entries, written by scholars in the field, highlight topics ranging from animation and comics to Hollywood and pop psychology. Without the profound contributions of American Jews, the popular culture we know today would not exist. Where would music be without the music of Bob Dylan and Barbra Streisand, humor without Judd Apatow and Jerry Seinfeld, film without Steven Spielberg, literature without Phillip Roth, Broadway without Rodgers and Hammerstein? These are just a few of the artists who broke new ground and changed the face of American popular culture forever. This unique encyclopedia chronicles American Jewish popular culture, past and present in music, art, food, religion, literature, and more. Over 150 entries, written by scholars in the field, highlight topics ranging from animation and comics to Hollywood and pop psychology. Up-to-date coverage and extensive attention to political and social contexts make this encyclopedia is an excellent resource for high school and college students interested in the full range of Jewish popular culture in the United States. Academic and public libraries will also treasure this work as an incomparable guide to our nation's heritage. Illustrations complement the text throughout, and many entries cite works for further reading. The volume closes with a selected, general bibliography of print and electronic sources to encourage further research.

Jewish Humor

Here are more than 100 of the best Jewish jokes you'll ever hear, interspersed with perceptive and persuasive insight into what they can tell us about how Jews see themselves, their families, and their friends, and what they think about ...

Author: Joseph Telushkin

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780062012852

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Here are more than 100 of the best Jewish jokes you'll ever hear, interspersed with perceptive and persuasive insight into what they can tell us about how Jews see themselves, their families, and their friends, and what they think about money, sex, and success. Rabbi Joseph Telushkin is as celebrated for his wit as for his scholarship, and in this immensely entertaining book, he displays both in equal measure. Stimulating, something stinging, and always very, very funny, Jewish Humor offers a classic portrait of the Jewish collective unconscious.

Encyclopedia of Modern Jewish Culture

The buoyancy and invention of his comedy are leavened by the pathos of his ambition to transcend it, to leave narishkeit behind and produce art. No word on Jewish comedy can be complete without some remarks on the place of Yiddish in ...

Author: Cowley Lecturer in Post-Biblical Hebrew Fellow in Modern Hebrew Literature Oxford Center for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies Glenda Abramson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134428656

Category: Reference

Page: 1200

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The Companion to Jewish Culture - From the Eighteenth Century to the Present was first published in 1989. It is a single-volume encyclopedia containing biographical and topic entries ranging from 200 to 1000 word each.