Jewish Humor in America: From the Borscht Belt to Broadway and beyond
My Jeiwish Learning
This article by William Novak in My Jewish Learning is an excerpt from his books "The Big Book of Jewish Humor," published by HarperCollins. He argues that the uniqueness of American Jewish humor has not been recognized. In arguing for the distinctive nature of American Jewish humor compared to Eastern European Jewish humor, he observes: "Whereas traditional Jewish humor emerged anonymously from a collective consciousness, America has provided a multitude of new conduits for its transmission: public meetings and lectures, vaudeville, the Borscht Belt, Broadway, nightclubs, radio, record albums, movies, and most especially television, as well as widely circulating books, newspapers, and magazines." Click on the link to read the article.
Humor, Communities and Organizations, Communities, United States