Shtick Shift: Jewish Humor in the 21st Century

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"The understated "Jew-ish" flavor of 20th century comedy is over and has been replaced by a brutal matter-of-factness that would make earlier generations cringe." "Simcha Weinstein calls this new comic sensibility the Shtick Shift." Your personal primer to the ever-changing face of Jewish comedy at the dawn of the 21st century: the new faces, their outrageous routines, and their sometimes surprising seriousness about the most pressing and depressing issues of our time.

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Overview

"The understated "Jew-ish" flavor of 20th century comedy is over and has been replaced by a brutal matter-of-factness that would make earlier generations cringe." "Simcha Weinstein calls this new comic sensibility the Shtick Shift." Your personal primer to the ever-changing face of Jewish comedy at the dawn of the 21st century: the new faces, their outrageous routines, and their sometimes surprising seriousness about the most pressing and depressing issues of our time.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569803523
  • Publisher: Barricade Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Simcha Weinstein is an internationally known, best-selling author. His first book Up, Up and Oy Vey!, received the Benjamin Franklin Award for the best book of 2007. He has appeared on CNN Showbiz Tonight and NPR, and has been profiled in leading publications, including The New York Times, The Miami Herald and The London Guardian. He chairs the Religious Affair's Committee at the renowned New York art school, Pratt Institute.

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Table of Contents

Preface: Put on Your Yarmulke 11

Introduction Something From Nothing: Jewish Comedy in a New Century 17

1 Jew Gold: Self-Fulfilling Stereotypes and Unfulfilling Wealth 35

2 Raising the Bar: Bling Mitzvah 51

3 Beyond Bubbe: The 21st-Century Jewish Family 63

4 Fake News, Real Impact 79

5 Seriously Funny: Anti-Semitism and Self-Hatred 93

Conclusion: Cool, Jew? 111

Glossary 119

End Notes 123

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