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The Haunted Smile: The Story Of Jewish Comedians In America By Lawrence J. Epstein,

  • Title: The Haunted Smile: The Story Of Jewish Comedians In America
  • Author: Lawrence J. Epstein
  • ISBN: 9781586481629
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lawrence Epstein s The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful the story of Jewish comedians in America For the past century and , American comedy has drawn its strength and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers An incomplete listing of names makes the point The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, George Burns, MiltonLawrence Epstein s The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful the story of Jewish comedians in America For the past century and , American comedy has drawn its strength and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers An incomplete listing of names makes the point The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, George Burns, Milton Berle, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Brooks, Alan King, Mort Sahl, Buddy Hackett, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman, Richard Belzer, Jerry Seinfeld These men and women, among others, form the canon of Jewish American comedy In the words of the Detroit Jewish News, The Haunted Smile offers us a deep and subtle understanding of how Jewish culture and American openness gave birth to a new style of entertainment Often the best way to illuminate a point is to recount some of these comedians own brilliant routines, and Epstein uses the comedian s work to great effect, making for a book that is both a thoughtful work of history and a great deal of fun.
    The Haunted Smile The Story Of Jewish Comedians In America Lawrence Epstein s The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful the story of Jewish comedians in America For the past century and American comedy has drawn its strength and soul

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    1. Published in 2001, offers a serious look at the history and rationale of Jewish humor in the American mainstream Did Jews change humor You decide There s a lot of psychological justification given and you can take it with a grain of salt or the whole shaker, or in different amounts with each story Comprehensive, yet needs updating after 15 years no mention of Sarah Silverman or Amy Schumer, barely any Judy Gold, and only a paragraph on Gilda Radner Luckily, there are Gilda books that stand on th [...]

    2. Boy, have Jews dominated the world of comedy The book includes a rough timeline, going into the cultural trends as well as psychologicalinsights of both individual comedians and American Jews in general And it is punctuated with really funny examples of the work of some of the greats.

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