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Fantastic Comedy: Loads of Laughs

Program Number: 14134RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/29/2013 - 1/3/2014; 12/30/2014 - 1/4/2015; 5/21/2015 - 5/26/2015; 9/3/2015 - 9/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $949.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; Holidays
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Milton Berle once said, "Laughter is an instant vacation." Come join us for a fun-filled week of comedy. From Myron Cohen to Sarah Silverman, learn how Jewish jokesters have been making us laugh for decades. Next, what’s it like to be a comedian? A stand-up comic offers insight into the creative process of a joke — from the idea to the writing to the delivery. Go backstage to learn how comedians progress up the comedy ladder to pursue their labor of love. Then, "Take my wife. Please." Men making jokes about women, women making jokes about men, and both making jokes about marriage and sex have been a staple of our comedy diet since the beginning.




Highlights

• We bring the comedy club experience to you! Stand-up comedy performed by professional Bay Area comedians.
• Laugh while you learn about the great comedians of the 20th century to the present.
• Bus trip to Bay Area points of interest.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

12-29-2013

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with special entertainment.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



12-30-2014, 5-21-2015, 9-3-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle and City of Burlingame shuttle to charming downtown Burlingame.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jeff Applebaum

Comedian Jeff Applebaum made his TV debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams and Kevin Pollak. Jeff played Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute, "The Rat Pack is Back." He also appeared in the "The Pursuit of Happyness," with Will Smith. In addition, Jeff won the Comedian of the Year 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area Cabaret Competition. Before comedy, Jeff earned two engineering degrees from MIT.
 
Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.
 
Jerry Morucci

A native San Franciscan, Jerry Morucci leads walking explorations in the Italian neighborhoods of Potrero Hill and North Beach, where his family owned and managed Coit Tower Market. After retiring from the restaurant industry, he became active in many of the city’s cultural and historical societies. His experience in the food industry and his passion for Italian cuisine make him an instant resource for the best cappuccino, gnocchi, prosciutto and gelato in Rome as well as San Francisco.
 
Jeff Applebaum

Comedian Jeff Applebaum made his TV debut on “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson. He has performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams and Kevin Pollak. Jeff played Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute, "The Rat Pack is Back" as it toured through San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas. He also appeared in the "The Pursuit of Happyness," with Will Smith. In addition, Jeff won the Comedian of the Year 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area Cabaret Competition. Before comedy, Jeff earned two engineering degrees from MIT. Along with performing, he is currently developing the Comedy Channel for Aha Radio and lives with his wife and three children in Silicon Valley.
 
Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.
 
Sara Felder

Sara Felder is a solo theater artist, playwright, humorist, juggler and teacher. She ran away with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, was a featured act in Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades, toured Cuba with Jugglers for Peace, opened for Joan Rivers, has lectured on humor all over the country and has taught juggling in California prisons and halfway houses. She continues to teach comedy and humor at San Francisco State University and Road Scholar, as well as in her popular class on solo performance at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre. Sara believes in the power of laughter to help talk about the most difficult subjects. For example, her solo plays have included the themes of same-sex marriage, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, mental illness and grief – and they are all comedies. Sara has earned fellowships, commissions and residencies from many agencies including the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the California Arts Council and many other organizations.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton SFO Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton SFO Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton SFO Bayfront is ideally located just four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers inspiring views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the Bay. The charming downtown section of Burlingame is filled with plenty of shopping and dining options.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: Each guest room contains a 42 inch flat screen HDTV with complimentary HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. All rooms are equipped with a coffee maker and tea service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, curved shower rod, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA Today daily, Monday through Friday. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: The Hilton SFO Bayfront is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Guests can also enjoy their favorite cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Guests may plug in their iPod, camera or laptop to an in-room system. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in the lobby and guest rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
1:00PM after lunch on closing day. Please arrange your travel plans so you can join us for the final class and the final comedian on closing day. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
phone: 650-340-8500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

The hotel shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit SFO on Departure level and cross intersection to wait for shuttle to come by within 20 minutes. Look for black shuttle which reads, HILTON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BAYFRONT/EMBASSY SUITES.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 101 north of Burlingame Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Highway 101 south of Burlingame Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of Sacramento Travel I-5 south to I-505. Travel I-505 south to I-80 west. Cross Bay Bridge ($6 toll). I-80 becomes Highway 101 south. Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of San Diego Travel I-5 north to I-580 west. Take I-580 to I-238 north. Take I-238 to I-880 south. Take I-880 to the San Mateo Bridge. Cross bridge ($5 toll). Take Highway 101 north towards San Francisco. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Sunday, December 29)
   
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION takes place in the hallway outside of the meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Today's World of Stand up Comedy/Stand up Comedy
(Monday, December 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Today’s World of Stand up Comedy

What’s it like to be a comedian? Your instructor is a stand-up comic who offers insight into the creative process of a joke—from the idea to the writing to the delivery. You will also be taken backstage to learn how comedians progress up the tough comedy ladder to pursue their labor of laugh.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Today's World of Stand up Comedy
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Stand up Comedy: Dan St. Paul

DAN ST. PAUL is a veteran of San Francisco's creative stand-up legacy . He has appeared on five episodes of An Evening at the Improv, plus numerous shows on VH-1, MTV, ABC, NBC and Comedy Central. He has opened for such superstars as Ringo Starr, Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson and Vince Gill. In a testament to the class of his act, Dan even opened for the San Francisco Symphony! He appeared in the movie Flubber with Robin Williams, and signed a recording deal with MCA records. His CD, Natural and Good for You, contains one the most requested comedy pieces on radio, The First Baseball Game. He hosts a comedy showcase every Monday at Club Fox in Redwood City, CA. Dan will be debuting his one-man show, What's Funny After 50, next January.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: San Francisco/New Year's Eve
(Tuesday, December 31)

Note: Four hour bus trip to San Francisco includes stops for bathroom breaks and picture taking.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Narrated bus trip to the highlights of San Francisco
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: Time to take a walk along the San Francisco Bayfront Trail.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: New Year's Eve Musical Entertainment: Jerry Frohmader and Craig Jessup

JERRY FROHMADER is accomplished both inside and outside the classroom. His professional hats include composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator. His compositions have been performed in cities and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. During his tenure as Assistant Dean in the School of Music at the California Institute of Arts, he composed a musical score for the opera Victory Over The Sun by Malevich. It was performed at the L.A. County Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the New Theater Festival in Berlin and Amsterdam, the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. As a professional musician, keyboards and saxophone, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Clark Terry, AM Los Angeles and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In addition, he is an instructor for Road Scholar with recognition from ABC News, Peter Jennings, CNN Travel and most recently a PBS program, SPARK, which featured Jerry in a segment called American Music.

CRAIG JESSUP has been playing theatres, cabarets and concert halls throughout the United States, Canada and Europe for over 30 years. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Oregon State University and studying acting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Jessup teamed with Ruth Hastings and Barry Lloyd in 1977 to form Ruth Hastings & Co. The trio played nearly every cabaret in San Francisco including Le Domino, Chez Jacques, Gordon’s, Fanny’s, Trinity Place and the Plush Room, culminating in a sold-out concert at the Geary Theatre, which was recorded live.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Men, Women and Humor/Great Jewish Comedians
(Wednesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Men, Women and Humor

What does gender have to do with what’s funny? “Take my wife. Please.” As Henny Youngman’s famous line points out, it’s a common theory of comedy (thank you, Freud) that one way we use humor is to exploit the anxiety, tension or anger we have about different things. Men making jokes about women, women making jokes about men, and both making jokes about marriage and sex, have been a staple of our comedy diet since the beginning. Take Aristophanes, please. Over 2400 years ago, his plays were filled with comedy about the genders. And those cave drawings in France? What do you think they were talking about? How he won’t take out the garbage and how she put on a couple of extra pounds. Beginning with a short history of how gender has played out in humor, we will discuss the following questions: In what ways do the genders continue to battle out their differences through humor? What is the difference between “women’s” humor and “men’s” humor? Why does comedy tend to be so dominated by men? How do things change when a male or female say the same joke? How does “gendered” comedy challenge or uphold the values of the status quo? How does the humor of the gay/lesbian/bi/trans community enter into this? Employing audio and video examples and lots of jokes, this workshop, promises a lively, provocative and fun discussion.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Men, Women and Humor
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians: So, You Think That's Funny?

From Myron Cohen to Sarah Silverman, Jewish jokesters have had a disproportionate influence on American comedy. At three percent of the nation's population, Jews have made up as much as two-thirds of the country's comics. Learn how and why Jews have been making us laugh for decades.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Great Jewish Comedians/Stand up Comedy
(Thursday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Stand up Comedy: Jeff Applebaum
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Great Jewish Comedians/Stand up Comedy
(Friday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians

Stand up Comedy: Maureen Langan

MAUREEN LANGAN performs all over the world. She was a finalist in the 2009 San Francisco Comedy Competition and the winner of the 2009 MAC Award for Best Female Comic. She’s appeared on The Joy Behar Show, Comics Unleashed, and HBO. She’s a regular at Carolines on Broadway in New York City. Maureen grew up in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, where there is no lake.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel; program is over after lunch; hotel checkout is noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society and is home to the largest collection of computing artifacts in the world. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5; 650-810-1010; 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/
  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. (Courtesy of Filoli.org). Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to the dreams of flight, looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos; 650-654-0200; take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/
  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission; 650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497; Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html
  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Stanford University: Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center and the Hanna Honeycomb House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Even More Old Jewish Comedians


Author: Drew Friedman


Description: The superheroes of the Borscht Belt! Master caricaturist/portraitist Drew Friedman’s spectacular visual tribute to—well, old Jewish comedians—returns with a third and concluding installment that throws its net a bit wider to include a few women (Olive Oyl voice Mae Questel, Ed Sullivan show regular Jean Carroll, and The Rise of the Goldbergs creator Gertrude Goldberg); a handful of more contemporary figures (Richard Belzer, whose Law & Order: SVU gig has eclipsed his stand-up comedy, and Welcome Back, Kotter’s Gabe Kaplan); and pop-culture legends (Prof. Irwin Corey, legendary Warner Bros. voice artist Mel Blanc), plus among others Marty Ingels, Fyvush Finkel, Gary Morton, Sam Levenson, Bobby Remsen, Max Patkin, Marvin Kaplan, Norm Crosby, Sammy Shore, Joey Adams, Lou Jacobi, and Sid James. It’s a heaping pastrami sandwich of gloriously liver-spotted, wrinkled personalities, that will appeal to anyone who likes old people, Jews, or comedians.



Old Jewish Comedians: A BLAB! Storybook


Author: Drew Friedman


Description: This comprehensive collection of portraiture of comedians born before 1930 includes the famous (Milton Berle, Groucho Marx, Jerry Lewis, Mel Brooks, Jack Benny), the not-so-famous (Benny Rubin, Shelly Berman) and the largely unknown (Al Kelly, Menasha Skulnik). The Reuben Award-winning Friedman presents a thorough visual history of these greatest Borscht-Belt comedians with 28 full-page portraits.



More Old Jewish Comedians: A BLAB! Storybook


Author: Drew Friedman


Description: They're back and they have liver spots! This comical collection of of Jewish comedian portraiture is a sequel to 2006's wildly successful Old Jewish Comedians, which earned Friedman raves from Jerry Lewis, Howard Stern, The Believer, Entertainment Weekly and many more, and earned Friedman his own roast at New York's legendary Friar's Club. This all-new collection includes the famous (Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Soupy Sales, etc.), the not-so-famous (Jerry Stiller, Zeppo & Gummo Marx, Larry Storch, Zero Mostel, etc.) and the largely unknown (Molly Picon, Herbie Faye, Jan Milton, etc.). The Reuben Award-winning Friedman, one of the great caricaturists of his age, presents a thorough visual history of the 20th Century's greatest Borscht-Belt comedians through 28 full-page portraits; every crease, mustache hair, and liver spot looks utterly real. As Booklist put it after the first OJC, "If only we were all funny enough to get Friedman to draw us!"



The Haunted Smile: The Story Of Jewish Comedians In America


Author: Lawrence J. Epstein


Description: 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 Berle, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Brooks, Alan King, Mort Sahl, Buddy Hackett, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman, Richard Belzer, Jerry Seinfeld. These men and women, among others, form the canon of Jewish-American comedy.



I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era


Author: William Knoedelseder


Description: In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from all across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles,



Comedy at the Edge


Author: Richard Zoglin


Description: When Lenny Bruce overdosed in 1966, he left behind an impressive legacy of edgy, politically charged comedy. Four short years later, a new breed of comic, inspired by Bruce's artistic fearlessness, made telling jokes an art form, forever putting to rest the stereotype of the one-liner borscht belt set. During the 1970s, a small group of brilliant, iconoclastic comedians, led by George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robert Klein, tore through the country and became as big as rock stars in an era when Saturday Night Live and SCTV were the apotheosis of cool, and the Improv and Catch a Rising Star were the hottest clubs around. That a new wave of innovative comedians, like Steve Martin, Albert Brooks, Robin Williams, and Andy Kauffman followed closely behind only cemented comedy's place as one of the most important art forms of the decade. In Comedy at the Edge, Richard Zoglin explores in depth this ten-year period when comedians stood, with microphone in hand, at the white-hot center of popular culture, stretching the boundaries of the genre, fighting obscenity laws, and becoming the collective voices of their generation. In the process, they revolutionized an art form. Based on extensive interviews with club owners, booking agents, groupies, and the players themselves, Zoglin traces the decade's tumultuous arc in this no-holds barred, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential decades in American popular culture.



Comedy Under Attack: The Golden Age and the Headwinds


Author: Carl Unegbu


Description: Where does stand-up comedy stand in an increasingly polarized world? From the British music halls of the 1700s and 1800s to the birth of the Internet, pod casts, and Comedy Central, COMEDY UNDER ATTACK explores the challenges facing contemporary stand-up comics from outside forces, such as censorship arising from out of control political correctness and corporate interests, and the damage they cause themselves when they steal each others' jokes.



The Legacy of the Wisecrack: Stand-up Comedy as the Great American Literary Form


Author: Eddie Tafoya


Description: Despite the claim of many a Borscht Belt comic that he is a practitioner of "the world's second-oldest professsion," stand-up comedy is a young and distinctly American literary form. It was not until the last decades of the nineteenth century when, enabled by unprecedented prosperity and the right to free expression, that monologists began appearing in American vaudeville halls. Yet even though it has since become an entertainment industry mainstay, stand-up comedy has received precious little scholarly attention. The Legacy of the Wisecrack: Stand-up Comedy as the Great American Literary Form looks at the theory of stand-up comedy, its literary dimensions, and its distinctly American qualities as it provides a detailed history of the forces that shaped it. The study concludes with a look at the works of specific comedians such as Steven Wright, whose three decades of performances comprise a single picaresque tale, and Richard Pryor, whose 1982 masterpiece Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip serves as modern America's answer to Dante Aligheri's epic poem, Inferno. The result is one of the first serious treatments of stand-up comedy as a literary form.





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