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The Haunted Smile: The Story Of Jewish Comedians In America

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Lawrence Epstein's The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful: the story of Jewish comedians in America. For the past century and more, American comedy has drawn its strength and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers. An incomplete listing of names makes the point: The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, George Burns, Milton ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published December 18th 2002 by PublicAffairs (first published 2001)
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Linda Mirvis
Boy, have Jews dominated the world of comedy! The book includes a rough timeline, going into the cultural trends as well as psychological
insights of both individual comedians and American Jews in general. And it is punctuated with really funny examples of the work of some of the greats.
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