Let There Be Laughter
By Michael Krasny, host of NPR affiliate’s Forum with Michael Krasny
"Isn’t Jewish humor masochistic?"
"No. And if I hear that one more time I am going to kill myself."
From the host of NPR affiliate’s Forum with Michael Krasny comes a compendium of Jewish jokes that delivers riff after hilarious riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture. With his background as a scholar and public-radio host--and the fact that he’s been telling Jewish jokes since his bar mitzvah--Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and form of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish.
Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike.