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The Jewish Joke: A Short History—with Punchlines

Author: Devorah Baum.

The Jewish Joke: A Short History—with Punchlines

Author: Devorah Baum.

$22.95 $2.99
Item #: D31934
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Publication Date: 2018
Publisher: Pegasus
ISBN: 9781681777429
How is Jewish humor different from all other humor? The answer, it turns out, has a lot to do with Jewish identity itself, notes Devorah Baum. The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham (Did he really think he would have to sacrifice his son Isaac? What a schlemiel!), and like the Jews, it has wandered all over the world, learned countless new languages, been perf... More
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How is Jewish humor different from all other humor? The answer, it turns out, has a lot to do with Jewish identity itself, notes Devorah Baum. The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham (Did he really think he would have to sacrifice his son Isaac? What a schlemiel!), and like the Jews, it has wandered all over the world, learned countless new languages, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, yet still retained its own distinctive flavor. Mining the humor of Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman, Woody Allen and Lena Dunham, not to mention Freud and Marx (Groucho, mostly), Baum dives deeply into Jewish consciousness, and also gives you enough jokes for a pretty solid standup routine.


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