The Wicked Wit of the West

Rosenfeld does a fine job as chronicler, selector, and muse for these interviews, and his genuine friendship with Brecher is the reason that this book exists. Altogether delightful, this is an incredible reminiscence by a remarkable man.

Author: Irving Brecher

Publisher: Ben Yehuda Press

ISBN: 1934730327

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 340

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"Brecher is the most influential writer you've never heard of in Hollywood. He wrote At the Circus and Go West for the Marx brothers and classics such as Du Barry Was a Lady and Meet Me in St. Louis for MGM. He wrote stand-up for Milton Berle and created the radio and television program The Life of Riley. Now in his nineties, the man is still a comedic genius with wit and timing that can't be beat. Incredibly, his career covers the entire spectrum of 20th-century entertainment, beginning with vaudeville and encompassing movies, radio, plays, television, and even the web (in impassioned support for the writers' strike of 2007). Brecher's story is presented as a series of interviews, which allows his voice to come through in its witty splendor. Rosenfeld does a fine job as chronicler, selector, and muse for these interviews, and his genuine friendship with Brecher is the reason that this book exists. Altogether delightful, this is an incredible reminiscence by a remarkable man." -- Library Journal starred review

The Wicked Wit of Scotland

While Scotland does have the reputation of being rainy all the time, the reality is
not entirely true. Except on the west coast where it does rain constantly. The west
coast of Scotland has to put up with the most rain due to the fact that the weather
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Author: Rod Green

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781789290325

Category: Humor

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What is it about Scotland that people love so much? Scotland is famous for many things, as any Scotsman will happily tell you. The list of Scottish inventions is as long as Loch Ness, stretching from penicillin and the telephone to Irn Bru and Grand Theft Auto but, while that Scotsman is busy explaining how Scotland gave the world whisky, television and Long John Silver, spare a thought for the nation and its people. The Scots are a peculiar race with characters as varied and changeable as the unpredictable Scottish weather. In Scotland people will tell you that they love the summer, it's one of the best days of the year, and that wry sense of humour is what inspires The Wicked Wit of Scotland. This funny and beautifully observed book pulls together stories, quotes, quips and anecdotes from Scots talking about Scotland and others from all over the world relating what they most admire about the country that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling described as 'one of the most hauntingly beautiful places in the world. The history is fascinating, the men are handsome and the whisky is delicious. But don't eat the macaroni pies.' Featuring wit and wisdom from writers such as Armando Iannucci and Compton Mackenzie, Stanley Baxter and Neil Munro, the sometimes dubious delights of Scottish cuisine are discussed, along with the culture, folklore, politics and sport that will help us to understand just what makes Scotland tick.

Reading the West

QUOTING THE WICKED WIT OF THE WEST : FRONTIER REPORTAGE AND
WESTERN VERNACULAR MICHAEL KOWALEWSKI Language , Walt Whitman
reminds us in his remarkable essay " Slang in America , ” “ is not an abstract ...

Author: Michael Kowalewski

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521565596

Category: Literary Collections

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A 1996 collection of essays exploring western American literature and the West in the American imagination.

Old and New London Westminister and the western suburbs

... governess of the Princess Charlotte was monopoly of wicked wit : their
favourites among obliged to resign her situation at Court because her the literati
almost resented any interference with youthful ward , in a freak , had made a
childish will ...

Author: Walter Thornbury

Publisher:

ISBN: UCBK:C047756943

Category: London (England)

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The Wicked Wit of Ireland

... been sung at gatherings for centuries. Ireland at one o'clock in the morning and
asked what. 'A man from Manchester once told me he once approached a
barman in a small village in the West of 'A good laugh and a long sleep are the
two.

Author: Myles Byrne

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781789290332

Category: Humor

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'An Irishman will always soften bad news, so that a major coronary is no more than "a bad turn" and a near hurricane that leaves thousands homeless is "good drying weather".' Hugh Leonard The people of Ireland are renowned for their wit, and they have migrated from Ireland to most corners of the world, taking that famous sense of humour with them. Modern comedians and comic writers as varied as Dylan Moran, Sharon Horgan, Tommy Tiernan, Alison Spittle, Graham Linehan and Ed Byrne have their own distinctive ways of celebrating and mocking their origins while still occasionally acknowledging the traditional 'paddywackery' (meaning the rain-soaked, Guinness-sodden Oirish stereotype of old). The roots of Irish humour are much more complex: for centuries classic Irish writers have used black humour and sarcasm, ranging from the satires of Jonathan Swift, George Bernard Shaw and Oscar Wilde through to the hilarity of J.P. Donleavy and the sublime nonsense of Flann O'Brien and Spike Milligan ('Many people die of thirst but the Irish are born with one.') This collection combines a pinch of traditional Irish humour, from shamrocks to limericks, and blarney stones to drinking stories, mixed with distinctly modern one-liners, quips and quotes from the best of the current crop of humorists, along with sections on the Irish mammy, literary feuds and putdowns and epitaphs.

The Wicked Wit of England

Following a first-night performance in the West End, she saw two dogs separately
, but with equal enthusiasm, cock their legs over her name on the theatre
billboard. The English tendency for self-deprecation arises from the fact that we
are ...

Author: Geoff Tibballs

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781789290318

Category: Humor

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The Wicked Wit of England is celebration of British humour, featuring a collection of stories, anecdotes, quips and quotes that capture the various idiosyncrasies of the English character. If there is one thing that first-time visitors to England find mystifying - along with our fondness for eating chips out of old newspapers, our nostalgia for the shipping forecast (even though most of us have never ventured out to sea in a trawler) and the fact that not all men wear bowler hats to work - it is our sense of humour. 'Ah, you English and your humour,' they will say, with an air of suspicion, unsure as to whether they have just been unexpectedly praised or routinely insulted. It is easy to sympathize with them, for English humour encompasses a number of different styles. It can be surreal or satirical, dark or sophisticated, bawdy or genteel. And nobody does irony or sarcasm like the English. If Olympic gold medals were awarded for sarcasm, we would top the leader board every time. The various idiosyncrasies of the English character - the social awkwardness, the constant need to apologize, the obsession with the weather, the stiff upper lip, and the love of queuing, to name but a few - are celebrated in The Wicked Wit of England, a collection of stories, anecdotes, quips and quotes featuring English people from all walks of life, from Quentin Crisp to Frank Skinner and Stephen Hawking to Thora Hird. This book might not help outsiders understand the English, but it might make them tolerate us a little more.

The Western Historical Quarterly

Drawn from the ranks of critics , scholars , and writers , the authors whose works
are included in Reading the West reflect the diversity that characterizes the
region . " Quoting the Wicked Wit of the West : Frontier Reportage and Western ...

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ISBN: MINN:31951P00666940V

Category: Electronic journals

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The Wicked Wit of Women

Author: Dominique Enright

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 1843170116

Category: Humor

Page: 162

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Spanning several eras and drawing on the experience of a wide range of women, this text provides humourous quotes with its satirical approach to public life, politics and society.

The Wicked Wit of John F Kennedy

... his sore hand and remarked , “ With all that handshaking , this is probably the
greatest right hand in America today ! Campaigning to win the West Virginia
primary , Jack Kennedy [ 28 ]

Author: John F. Kennedy

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: PSU:000058115374

Category: Humor

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In spite of his tragic death in November 1963, John F. Kennedy remains one of the most popular American presidents. Aside from the great set-piece speeches that helped to define him as a world leader, he possessed a richly warm sense of humor and a ready wit honed both at home and on politics. This collection presents hundreds of examples of that very wit, from Kennedy's opinions on the campaign trail to his view of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Christina Koning's previous books include A Treasury for Mothers and Fabulous Time.

I Loved My Mother on Saturdays and Other Tales from the Shtetl and Beyond

FIND LAUGHTER AND TEARS in our moving memoirs The lastre Golden Age
serverweiter shares the ballarity and beartaches of working with Groudre ,
Garland , Gleeson , Burns , Berle , Besny many more GE : The Wicked Wit of the
West ...

Author: Roslyn Bresnick-Perry

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015080846820

Category: Social Science

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The autobiographical stories in I Loved My Mother on Saturdays, based on the author¿s life ¿ first in a shtetl in Belarus, then as a new American immigrant in New York, and finally as a garment center designer and mother ¿ were first spun orally. This gives her writing a lively, spoken word rhythm, as if she is the raconteur in your living room telling tales out of school. This is the oral tradition in its truest sense: stories shaped by the listener and by time.Bresnick-Perry¿s stories are wildly funny and deeply moving. ¿ Na¿amat WomanThrough these many-splendored multi-layered technicolor personal stories, filled with humor and poignant moments, Roslyn¿s voice enters your heart! She carries you with her to deeper truths of the human spirit. ¿ Peninnah SchramRoz Perry is one of this nation¿s finest tellers of tales. Weaving her memories of the tiny town of Wysokie Litewskie into stories, she has created a priceless resource both for understanding the lifeways in the shtetlach of Belarus and other areas of Eastern Europe, as well as the American immigrant experience. I can not imagine a reader who would not find her book a gift and a delight.¿ Steve Zeitlin Director City LoreThe seeds for the Jewish future are contained in these stories of the Jewish past. In a voice of shrewd innocence, Roslyn Bresnick-Perry describes the hardships, fears and community bonds that shaped Jewish life in the Old Country and the courage, determination and love that allowed Jewish life to bloom in American soil. She has recreated the shtetl from memory, and made a wonderful, unsentimental fairytale out of real-life yiddishkayt. ¿ Larry Bush

Western American Literature

Research in Western American Literature : 1994–95 . " Western American
Literature 30.4 ( 1996 ) : 409–20 . Bird , Isabella . Kowalewski , Michael . “
Quoting the Wicked Wit of the West : Frontier Reportage and Western Vernacular
.

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ISBN: WISC:89068163237

Category: American literature

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Journal of American Studies

Reading the West : New Essays on the Literature of the American West (
Cambridge University Press , 1996 , £40 . ... in “ the wicked wit of the west ” ; and
as Lee Mitchell compares ( perhaps a little more conveniently than differences
should ...

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ISBN: UCAL:B4928601

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Time

... Wicked Wit of the West . ” Brecher used that wit to create the longrunning radio
series The Life of Riley and pen the Academy Award - nominated screenplay for
Meet Me in St. Louis . In a video created during last year's writers ' strike ...

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ISBN: NWU:35556038765764

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The Herald

The Wicked Wit of the West Imbued with mordant wit and an impish sense of fun ,
the Brandywine lithographs are rich with symbolism ... во о кЅ By Samina
Choonara The Curse of Immortality. FINE ART By Irfan Husain Presumably , the
artist ...

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ISBN: UCLA:L0075878306

Category: Pakistan

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The Advocate

arts & enterta i n m e nt the a ter Wicked wit of the West A revival of Mae West's
play Sex recalls the homophobia that got it censored 74 years ago By David
Drake Sex I Gershwin Hotel , New York City ( through January 31 ) Written by
Mae ...

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ISBN: UOM:49015003079556

Category: Gay liberation movement

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Inventing Jewish Ritual

... Hank Rosenfeld THE WICKED WIT OF THE WEST Ben Yehuda Press , 2008
ISBN : 978 - 0 - 478 - 9980 - 8 - 0 What is it like to be the last of the great MGM
screenwriters ? Rosenfeld chronicles the life of Joanne Caras Irving Brecher who
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Author: Vanessa L. Ochs

Publisher: Jewish Publication Society

ISBN: 0827608349

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

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Vanessa Ochs invites her readers to explore how Jewish practice can be more meaningful through renewing, reshaping, and even creating new rituals, such as naming ceremonies for welcoming baby girls, healing services, Miriam’s cup, mitzvah days, egalitarian wedding practices, and commitment ceremonies. We think of rituals—the patterned ways of doing things that have shared and often multiple meanings— as being steeped in tradition and therefore unalterable. But rituals have always been reinvented. When we perform ancient rituals in a particular place and time they are no longer quite the same rituals they once were. Each is a debut, an innovation: this Sabbath meal, this Passover seder, this wedding—firsts in their own unique ways. In the last 30 years there has been a surge of interest in reinventing ritual, in what is called minhag America. Ochs describes the range and diversity of interest in this Jewish American experience and examines how it reflects tradition as it revives Jewish culture and faith. And she shows us how to create our own ritual objects, sacred spaces, ceremonies, and liturgies that can be paths to greater personal connection with history and with holiness: baby-naming ceremonies for girls, divorce rituals, Shabbat practices, homemade haggadahs, ritual baths, healing services. Through these and more, we see that American Judaism is a dynamic cultural process very much open to change and a source of great personal and communal meaning. The ceramic “Tree of Life” spice container that appears on the cover of Inventing Jewish Ritual is by Susan Garson of Garson and Pakele Studios, www.garsonpakele.com

Capitol Offences

... here comes Allan Fotheringham with Capitol Offences — a witty and
devastating dissection of Canadians and Americans and the world ' s greatest
love - hate relationship The Wicked Wit of the West is at his shoot - from - thelip
best in this ...

Author: Allan Fotheringham

Publisher:

ISBN: 1550130048

Category: Canada

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How Would God Really Vote

Remembering the American Jewish experience THE WICKED WIT OF THE
WEST : GOLDEN AGE SCREENWRITER RECALLS HILARITY AND
HEARTACHES OF WORKING WITH GROUCHO , GARLAND , GLEASON ,
BERLE , BURNS ...

Author: Larry Yudelson

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131634938

Category: Religion

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Long-time Forward columnist David Klinghoffer argues in a new book that "God commands you to be a conservative." This book begs to differ, offering deeper readings of the Torah and Talmud to make the case for voting liberal this election. Controversial issues addressed include gay marriage, abortion, drug policy, taxation and capital punishment.

Look Ma No Hands

No Hands is , above all , a hilarious , highly personal and often outrageous book
wherein our Wicked Wit of the West takes a long lingering look at the incredible
Tories over their 116 years of history , culminating in the last cannibalistic ...

Author: Allan Fotheringham

Publisher: Key Porter

ISBN: 0919493181

Category: Canada

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