Let There Be Laughter
A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All MeansAudiobook CD - 2016
Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since his bar mitzvah, and it's been said that he knows more of them than anyone on the planet. He certainly states his case in this wise, enlightening, and hilarious book that not only collects the best of Jewish humor passed down from generation to generation, but explains the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs. With his background as a scholar and public-radio host, 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.
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, ℗2016
Branch Call Number: 818.602 KRASNY CD
Characteristics: 5 audio discs (5.5 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in