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The Haunted Smile: The Story Of Jewish Comedians In America Paperback – December 17, 2002
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In this volume, Epstein combines the skills of a disciplined historian and cultural anthropologist with a writing style which has Snap! Crackle! and Pop! Obviously, he also delights in the comic art of so many who "exemplified two great themes of American Jewish life: assimilation and the search for an American Jewish identity....Also, they made Jews proud" while entertaining them as well as ever-increasing numbers of others who also went to the movies, turned on radios and then television sets, sat in nightclubs of various sizes, and bought albums.Read more ›
Nonetheless, this was a fabulous read for smart people. It explains in wonderful detail the method and thinking and history of the icons of humor in America, Jewish or not. But the reason for four instead of five stars is the depths the author went to in making his point. At times, the amount of detail put me to sleep. This is a great book to read before your next dinner party. Tons of great antidotes about the comedy heroes that I want to tell all my friends!
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Lawrence J. Epstein's THE HAUNTED SMILE, subtitled "The Story of Jewish Comedians in America," is an academic, often amusing study of the state of Jewish comedians from 1890 to the... Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by Stacy Helton
I bought the book because it was recommended by the book club at my synagogue. While the book is interesting, Mr. Epstein make huge leaps in conclusions. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Linda Rubenstein
I thought this book would be more entertaining. It's a bit too pedantic for my taste. I was hoping it would be funnier. More laughs, less history, please.Published on June 1, 2012 by K. Gordon
A most informative book. From Baudville to modern day stand-up,to sitcoms, from the Catskills to Miami Jewish comedy has shaped our lives. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by Yolanda Littten
The Haunted Smile, The Story of Jewish Comedians in America, Lawrence Epstein; PublicAffairs ([Perseus Books Group] 2001)
An unprepared student at exam time, in panic,... Read more
I saw the glowing reviews - "funny! piercing commentary!" - and dug in. This book isn't what I was expecting.
HUMOR. Read more
For those of us born in the 50s, it appears that The Haunted Smile has one blatant omission: Gabe Kaplan.
Why was Gabe Kaplan not included in this book? Read more