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American comedy is Jewish comedy.
Jewish comedians were dominant in the early years of stand-up. They shaped the style, tone and cadence of joke-telling that continues to this day. Their legacy can be seen in comedy clubs, sitcoms, movies and daily life.
But while American Jews shaped comedy … did comedy shape American Judaism?
In his new book, “Jewish Comedy: A Serious History,” author Jeremy Dauber looks at how religion, persecution and assimilation affected the pioneers and practitioners of American comedy, and how comedians shaped Jewish identity in the United States.
- Jeremy Dauber Author, "Jewish Comedy: A Serious History"; @jeremydauber
Comedy Clips From The Show
There’s a practically endless list of clips and bits we could include here. But these are a few favorites mentioned on the show or in Dauber’s book.
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