The Haunted Smile

The Story Of Jewish Comedians In America

Contributors

By Lawrence J. Epstein

Formats and Prices

Price

$12.99

Price

$16.99 CAD

Format

Format:

  1. ebook $12.99 $16.99 CAD
  2. Trade Paperback $24.99 $31.99 CAD

This item is a preorder. Your payment method will be charged immediately, and the product is expected to ship on or around August 5, 2008. This date is subject to change due to shipping delays beyond our control.

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.

In the words of the Detroit Jewish News, The Haunted Smile “offers us a deep and subtle understanding of how Jewish culture and American openness gave birth to a new style of entertainment.” Often the best way to illuminate a point is to recount some of these comedians’ own brilliant routines, and Epstein uses the comedian’s work to great effect, making for a book that is both a thoughtful work of history and a great deal of fun.

On Sale
Aug 5, 2008
Page Count
384 pages
Publisher
PublicAffairs
ISBN-13
9780786724925

Lawrence J. Epstein

About the Author

Lawrence J. Epstein is an English professor and the author of The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America. He frequently lectures on American popular culture and lives with his wife and family on Long Island, New York.

Learn more about this author