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Author: Jeremy Dauber Narrator: Jeremy Dauber Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2017 ISBN: 9781538432198
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In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from Biblical times to the age of Twitter.

Organizing his book thematically into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy—including the satirical, the witty, and the vulgar—Dauber explores the ways Jewish comedy has dealt with persecution, assimilation, and diaspora through the ages. He explains the rise and fall of popular comic archetypes such as the Jewish mother, the JAP, and the schlemiel and schlimazel. And he explores an enormous range of comic masterpieces, from the Book of Esther, Talmudic rabbi jokes, Yiddish satires, Borscht Belt skits, Seinfeld, and Curb Your Enthusiasm to the work of such masters as Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Stewart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dauber takes in a wide swath of intellectual territory—from Kafka to Mad magazine—but he delicately mixes scholarship with comedy in what is an entertaining and even profound book.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Could well be the gold standard for understanding what people of any ethnicity, nationality, or political persuasion find funny, and why.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An erudite survey of the evolution and distinctiveness of Jewish humor…A wide-ranging and insightful cultural analysis.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “You can’t understand comedy without knowing Jewish comedy—and you’ll find no smarter, more intrepid, and surprising analysis of the subject than in this book.”

    Jason Zinoman, author of Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night

  • “Brilliant and groundbreaking…[Dauber] tells a crucial part of the story of Judaism.”

    Adam Kirsch, author of The People and the Books

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About the Author

Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Columbia. He is the author of several books on Jewish literature, including a biography of Sholem Aleichem that was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.