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The Jewish Comedians ~ SAT, NOV 23, 7PM

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Jack Benny, Groucho Marx, Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers... Never more than 2% of the population, Jews comprised about 80% of America's professional comedians during the 20th and into the 21st centuries. Why have there been so many of them?  Where does their humor come from?  Be prepared to laugh!  Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:00PM.

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America would be a much less funny place without its Jewish comedians.  Never more than 2% of the population, Jews comprised, by one estimate, 80% of America's professional comedians during the 20th and into the 21st centuries.  Why have there been so many of them?  Where does their humor come from?  Among our examples for this lecture: Jack Benny, Groucho Marx, Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Tom Lehrer, Mike Nichols, Elaine May, Nora Ephron, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, and New Yorker cartoonists Bob Mankoff and Roz Chast.  Trigger warning: be prepared to laugh if you attend this lecture!  Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:00PM.