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Jewish Comedy and Musical Satire

June 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Jewish Comedy and Musical Satire
featuring David Misch
Tues. June 21 at 7:00 PM ET

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 this connection? 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.”

This multimedia talk 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,” she doesn’t mean you’re smart.)

And as a free bonus (but for you, free), Jewish Musical Satire highlights five songs by Jewish songwriters which show cultural satire from a Hebraic perspective.

David Misch is a former stand-up comedian, screenwriter (“Mork and Mindy,” “Saturday Night Live,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan”), author (“Funny: The Book,” “A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption”), teacher (his own courses on comedy at USC and musical satire at UCLA) and lecturer (Yale, the Smithsonian, 92nd St. Y, Oxford University, University of Sydney, San Miguel Writers’ Conference, Raindance Film Festival (London), Austin Film Festival, American Film Institute). More at davidmisch.com.

Please RSVP here by Tuesday, June 21 at 6:00 PM ET!
Events are free for AJT Members
$18 for Non-AJT Members

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Zoom

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