Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman [NOOK Book]

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Allan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler, the Sacha Baron Cohen of 1963. He led Jewish humor and sensibilities out of ethnic enclaves and into the American mainstream with explosively funny parodies of classic songs that won Sherman extraordinary success and acclaim across the board, from Harpo Marx to President Kennedy. In Overweight Sensation, Mark Cohen argues persuasively for Sherman’s legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history. With exclusive ...

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Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

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Overview

Allan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler, the Sacha Baron Cohen of 1963. He led Jewish humor and sensibilities out of ethnic enclaves and into the American mainstream with explosively funny parodies of classic songs that won Sherman extraordinary success and acclaim across the board, from Harpo Marx to President Kennedy. In Overweight Sensation, Mark Cohen argues persuasively for Sherman’s legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history. With exclusive access to Allan Sherman’s estate, Cohen has written the first biography of the manic, bacchanalian, and hugely creative artist who sold three million albums in just twelve months, yet died in obscurity a decade later at the age of forty-nine. Comprehensive, dramatic, stylish, and tragic, Overweight Sensation is destined to become the definitive Sherman biography.

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"... told with intimate details, an affectionate touch of humanity and lots of [Sherman's] parody lyrics in the well-researched bookOverweight Sensation."—The Hollywood Reporter

"... lively and meticulously researched... "—Chicago Tribune

"Mark Cohen's masterful, critical biography, 'Overweight Sensation.'"—The Jewish Advocate

“A penetrating biography by a savvy observer of show business.”—The Jewish Journal (Los Angeles)

Library Journal
Cohen (Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim) presents a well-researched, interesting study of song parodist Allan Sherman. Sherman was one of the first Jewish comedians to become internationally famous with Borscht Belt-style, Jewish-specific material, such as his biggest hit, "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh." (President Kennedy was one notable fan.) The book describes Sherman's early years, when he moved all over the country after his parents split up; his college years at the University of Illinois, where he first became known for his novelty songs and where his goofball antics later got him expelled; and his rapid fame and decline into obscurity. Sherman struggled with lung disease and diabetes later in life and died in 1973, two years shy of his 50th birthday. Cohen's goal is to ensure that Sherman gets the credit he deserves for his groundbreaking comedy. The book also functions as a well thought out cultural history of Jewish Americans in the mid- to late 20th century. VERDICT Recommended for readers interested in Jewish comedy, Allan Sherman, song parodies, and comedian biographies.—Sally Bryant, Pepperdine Univ. Lib., Malibu, CA
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Meet the Author

MARK COHEN is a writer, editor, and journalist specializing in American Jewish culture. His previous books include Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim, and Last Century of a Sephardic Community. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Overweight Sensation
Introduction: Humpty Dumpty
Witz-Krieg!
College in Sex Acts (Printer's Error)
I've Got a Secret
There Is Nothing Like a Lox
Ollavood!
My Son, the Folk Singer
My Son, the Celebrity
My Son, the Nut
Allan in Wonderland
Peyton Place, U.S.A.
Oddball
Hallowed Be Thy Game
Hail to Thee, Fat Person
Acknowledgments
Appendix: "Goldeneh Moments from Broadway" and Other Parody Song Lyrics
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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    I am 12 and I used to weigh a whooping 90 pounds. My best friend got a new bike for her birthday and when mine came arround I got one too. We live in a really small neighbrhood so she suggested we go riding together. We went and it was really fun. That day we went three miles. After that we went every day. Then we went running too. We decuded to do my moms workout videos to. And we got this great eat right program. We did that every day for three weeks and I lost fifteen pounds. We still fo it but I eat a little more junk to make sure I dont lose too much. Now I weigh 83 pounds and I acctually have a six pack. So the messge is either ride run or workout plus eat right and you will lose I guarentee

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