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Old Jewish Comedians: A BLAB! Storybook Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 22, 2006
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OLD JEWISH COMEDIANS features 30-odd caricatures of comic greats like Berle, Benny, Youngman, Rickles, Dangerfield, Groucho/Chico/Harpo, Sid Caesar, Jerry Lewis, Danny Kaye, Harry Ritz, Buddy Hackett, Myron Cohen, Joe Smith and Phil Silvers along with lesser-knowns like Benny Bell, Freddie Roman and Mickey Freeman. The comic-greats-in-their-declining-years theme might almost seem cruel if it weren't for the obvious affection Friedman has for his subjects. Friedman's artwork isn't just well done, it often captures the essence of the individual - Jack Benny's placidity, Berle's outsized ego, Danny Kaye's introspection, Al Lewis' joie de vivre, Red Button's impishness, etc.
If you laughed at and enjoyed the gentlemen listed above, you'll want to snatch up a copy of OLD JEWISH COMEDIANS. It's a trip down memory lane, a tribute to funnymen of the 20th Century and a great introduction to the work of a gifted caricaturist! Recommended.
What else can you ask for?
With today's comics almost always working blue, and the average comedy club or HBO special containing more four-letter words than a dockworkers convention, it's refreshing to see these old-timers (accent on the old) who were funny without being foul-mouthed. The days of these old-skool comedians is past, but their faces will live on thanks to Drew.
Like Levy's rye bread, you don't have to be Jewish to love this book.
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The book is fabulous,i loved it!!it's great and it's really funny!!i've been looking for such a book for a long time!!!!!Thank you!!!Published on May 14, 2012 by Katerina
Drew Friedman is one of the best humorous illustrators working today. His art straddles the line between portraiture and caricature, capturing his subjects with wit and... Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Tom Richmond
No Jokes...I wanted some old Jewish, Catskills jokes. I got a bunch of pictures. I need jokes.Published on May 5, 2008 by Sidney Wallach
There's not much going on with this book. It is basically an homage with beautiful illustrations, but the lack of information leaves one wishing for a discount.Published on February 19, 2007 by Ratso Ruck
Drew Friedman is a genius. Probably the third or fourth most talented cartoonist of the last thirty years. Maybe the fifth. Definitely no lower than a very strong sixth. Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by Tyler J. Hammond