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The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America

When:
March 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
2020-03-12T19:00:00-04:00
2020-03-12T20:30:00-04:00
Where:
Monroeville Public Library - Gallery Space
4000 Gateway Campus Boulevard
Monroeville
PA 15146
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Mark Hudson
412.372.0500 x: 113

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

Join us for a review and discussion of Lawrence Epstein’s The Haunted Smile, led by Monroeville resident Skip Davis. The book 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.

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