Sunday, August 22, 2010

Jewish Humor In America: A Retrospective

From Phil Silvers to Sarah Silverman, Shelley Berman to Sacha Baron Cohen, a disproportionally large number of Jews rank among the most popular and famous comedians. 

In this video, Barry Mitchell, the Emmy-nominated TV producer, comedy writer and musician, visits the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies Museum in Chicago to find out why.  

In the process, we see short clips of some of the most famous and popular examples of Jewish Humor in America.  How many do you recognize?

This segment originally aired in February, 1997 on ABC-TV World News Now, but there was no YouTube then.  So we didn't come across it until today.  We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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