Where Comedy went to School

New York, NY

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Join us on an informative, hilarious journey east of Eden, west of the Moon, and 100 miles north of New York City, where a generation of Jewish comedians honed their craft in the resorts of the Catskill Mountains.  Hear about performers Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks, Lenny Bruce, Woody Allen, and Joan Rivers, who all made the "Borscht Belt" their training ground.  However different they seem, these stand-up and situation comics are distinguished by a singular ability to capture their complaint in verbal music, a torrent of words that develops into improvisational jazz. For decades, their comedy has brought relief from the tsuris (troubles) that confront all Americans.

Presented by Joseph Dorinson, a professor in the History Department at Long Island University, where he has taught since 1966.  He is the co-editor of two books, Paul Robeson: Essays on his Life and Legacy (McFarland & Company, Inc., 2002) andJackie Robinson: Race, Sports and the American Dream (M.E. Sharpe, 1998) and has published extensively on a variety of subjects spanning his beloved borough of Brooklyn.

This program is funded in part by the New York Council for the Humanities.

All are welcome at this free event.