Jewish Comedy by Jeremy Dauber audiobook

Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

By Jeremy Dauber
Read by Jeremy Dauber

Blackstone Publishing 9780393247879


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Runtime: 10.83 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Audience: Adult
Language: English



Finalist for the 2018 Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Award for Best Humor Narration

Finalist for the National Jewish Book Award

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Thoughtful…Fascinating.” New York Times Book Review
“A serious and good philosophical work…that doesn’t consist entirely of jokes but has an awful lot of them in it…Some of its jokes are laugh-out-loud funny, and some of them are poignantly beautiful.” Times Literary Supplement (London)
“Dauber recognizes the multiplicity of Jewish humor and wisely resists any single characterization of it…[He] deftly surveys the whole recorded history of Jewish humor.” Economist (London)
“A serious study and most interesting at its most serious and obscure.” New York Review of Books
“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)
“Both erudite and breezy.” Forward magazine
“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
“Any history of humor must include some jokes, and Dauber knows how to tell a joke…In any case. It’s not a joke book. Humor comes mostly out of everyday life, and Dauber weaves the narrative of everyday Jewish life (from the Babylonian exile to the present) and the literary record into a story of why a nation laughed—and needed to.” AudioFile
“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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Author Bio: Jeremy Dauber

Author Bio: Jeremy Dauber

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.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Social Science
Runtime: 10.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English