Jewish Comedy Stars: Classic to Cutting Edge

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Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
Do not judge this book by its cover because, if you do, you will likely give it to the wrong readers. That is the problem with this completely serious book about funny people. It has been marketed as a book for young readers when it really will appeal mostly to the young readers' grandparents. The cover art, a photo of Adam Sandler, speaks to the fourteen-year-old male comedy fan. That boy will not make it past the first chapter that dissects Jewish comedy's biblical roots—the name Isaac means "laughter" in Hebrew—and continues through a shopping list of stars of the Yiddish theatre, vaudeville "Dutch" acts—so called because they affected German Jewish accents—and burlesque Stooges. "The Golden Years of TV" provide a list of writers—Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, and Neil Simon; and radio and TV performers—Milton Berle, Jack Benny, and Sid Caesar. "Cutting edge" comedians are the limits-testing Lenny Bruce and Andrew Dice Clay. Categorized with these "bluish" comics are mild-mouthed Gene Wilder and Rita Rudner. Go figure! The final chapter of the book provides portraits of a few more current comics and performance artists, including the aforementioned Sandler, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Jon Stewart. nterestingly, many of the comics mentioned first appeared on Saturday Night Live, yet producer Lorne Michales—born Lipovits—is not credited for his huge contribution to the shape of current American humor. If you know a b'nai mitzvah whose torah portion is Genesis 18:12—"and Sarah laughed"—you may be able to sell this book for its research value. If not, put it in the general collection of a synagogue library where an older, more appreciative reader might connect with it. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822599425
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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