Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

by Mark Cohen



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611682564
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 05/14/2013
Series: Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About 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.

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

What People are Saying About This

Jason Alexander

“Allan Sherman was the original. . . . Before Forbidden Broadway, before Weird Al Yankovic, there was Allan Sherman—brilliant wit, satirist beyond compare, and stand-up comic with a melody.”

Dr. Demento

“At last, the first biography of Allan Sherman—the father of modern song parody, an inspired lyricist who turned phrases worthy of Cole Porter and skewered the soft spots of our culture with deadly accuracy. . . . Mark Cohen has devoted years of research to Sherman’s too-short life, in which he succeeded and failed, loved and lost, and ate and drank on the very grandest of scales.”

Tommy Smothers

“I love Allan Sherman’s work. Allan was funny and clever, and he touched my heart. He was more than just a writer of song parodies. He was an extraordinarily gifted word-weaving rhymester, and this is a definitive look at this talented, complicated, conflicted little munchkin!”

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

“Allan Sherman is one of my biggest inspirations and all-time musical heroes. If Mark Cohen were to do a biography special on him . . . well, by golly, I’d watch it. Maybe even twice!”

Bill Cosby

“Allan Sherman was instrumental in helping me with my career.”

Eric Alterman

“A passionately written story of quite nearly tragic proportions...We are all in Cohen's debt.”

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