Haunted Smile The Story of Jewish Comedians in America

ISBN-10: 1586481622

ISBN-13: 9781586481629

Edition: N/A

Authors: Lawrence J. Epstein

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It has been estimated that although Jews comprise only three percent of Americans, over 80% of comedians are Jewish. A specialist in American Jewish life, Epstein (English, Suffolk Community College) argues that Jewish comedy is tinged by bitter encounters with anti-Semitism, a desire to be accepted, and concern for a culture disappearing at the same time it draws on a long tradition of Jewish humor. c. Book News Inc.
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List price: $18.95
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 12/18/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

Introduction: The World of Jewish Comedians
The Golden Door and the Velvet Curtain 1890-1930
The Land of Hope and Tears: Comedians and Immigrant America
Curtain Up and Curtain Down: The Age of Vaudeville
The Years of Fear 1930-1950
Theater of the Mind: Radio's Finest Hour
Laughing in the Dark: Films
The Jewish Alps: The Rise of the Borscht Belt
The Years of Acceptance 1950-1965
The Magic Box: The American Television Revolution
"Is There Any Group I Haven't Offended?": The Changing World of Stand-up Comedy
The Years of Triumph 1965-Present
"I Need the Eggs": Jewish Comic Filmmakers
Masters of Their Domain: Comedy All Over the Place
Kosher at Last: Jewish Women Comedians
The Cost of Victory: The Psychological and Social World of American Jewish Comedians
Not the Last Laugh: The Future of Jewish Comedians in America
Schlemiels and Nudnicks: The Sources and Nature of Jewish Humor
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