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Jewish Comedy and Musical Satire with David Misch
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Given their prominence in show business, is it possible there’s a connection between Jews and comedy? The answer is: What are you, meshuga? (Or, to put it in contemporary terms: Duh.)
But why? Some say it’s due to Jewish history, though that history is hardly the stuff of merry-making. But comedy is one of the best ways to deal with tragedy; Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow said “Oppressed people tend to be witty.”
In this multimedia talk, David Misch (“Mork and Mindy,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Funny: The Book”) looks at the interaction between comedy and Jews, born of a fatalistic sensibility that sees irony everywhere, often expressed by sarcasm. (If a Jew says “Good thinking, Einstein,” it doesn’t mean you’re smart.)
Is humor, like ethnicity, a genetic trait? In the 1950s Larry Gelbart was asked why so many comedy writers like him were young and Jewish and he said “Probably because our parents are old and Jewish.”
And as a free bonus (but for you, free), Jewish Musical Satire also highlights five songs by Jewish songwriters which show cultural satire from a Hebraic perspective.
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