Even More Old Jewish Comedians

Overview

The superheroes of the Borscht Belt!
Master caricaturist/portraitist Drew Friedman’s spectacular visual tribute to—well, old Jewish comedians—returns with a third and concluding installment that throws its net a bit wider to include a few women (Olive Oyl voice Mae Questel, Ed Sullivan show regular Jean Carroll, and The Rise of the Goldbergs creator Gertrude Goldberg); a handful of more contemporary figures (Richard Belzer, whose Law & Order: SVU gig has eclipsed his ...

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Overview

The superheroes of the Borscht Belt!
Master caricaturist/portraitist Drew Friedman’s spectacular visual tribute to—well, old Jewish comedians—returns with a third and concluding installment that throws its net a bit wider to include a few women (Olive Oyl voice Mae Questel, Ed Sullivan show regular Jean Carroll, and The Rise of the Goldbergs creator Gertrude Goldberg); a handful of more contemporary figures (Richard Belzer, whose Law & Order: SVU gig has eclipsed his stand-up comedy, and Welcome Back, Kotter’s Gabe Kaplan); and pop-culture legends (Prof. Irwin Corey, legendary Warner Bros. voice artist Mel Blanc), plus among others Marty Ingels, Fyvush Finkel, Gary Morton, Sam Levenson, Bobby Remsen, Max Patkin, Marvin Kaplan, Norm Crosby, Sammy Shore, Joey Adams, Lou Jacobi, and Sid James. It’s a heaping pastrami sandwich of gloriously liver-spotted, wrinkled personalities, that will appeal to anyone who likes old people, Jews, or comedians.Even More Old Jewish Comedians, which features a cover of comedian Stewie Stone, is augmented with an introduction from not-quite-old-yet Jewish comedian and Comedy Central roasts regular Jeffrey Ross.

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Editorial Reviews

Jerry Lewis
“I’m proud to be in the old Jew book!”
Howard Stern
“Drew Friedman is better than Picasso.”
Jerry Stiller
“This is a beautiful tribute to all the men &
women who have made life a joy. If Job had a copy and had known these people, he would never had written that terrible book.”
Jay Ruttenberg - The Comics Journal
“Although he continues to present people in less-than-flattering terms — nobody’s about to use a Drew Friedman portrait as their JDate profile — his affectionate undertone continues to push its way to the fore. The Old Jewish Comedians series from Fantagraphics is frank yet loving.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606994894
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 40
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Friedman's work has appeared in Raw, Weirdo, SPY, The New York Times, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone, Field & Stream, appears regularly in Entertainment Weekly and many other magazines. His collection of portraits Drew Friedman’s Sideshow Freaks was published by Blast books in 2011. He resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and collaborator, Kathy Bidus and their two beagles.

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