Thursday, December 3, 2015

A Rare Comedy Find: Alan King Explains All the Middle East Conflicts


One of the pleasures in searching the Internet for funny Jewish videos is the unexpected discovery of gems in largely unknown old video clips.

While surfing on YouTube this week, we came across a video of an appearance by comedian Alan King in which he explained all the Middle East conflicts in a seven minute commentary that ends in a song and dance number.

Since the clip was made in the early 1980s, the explanations have no relevance today. Really? The more things change, the more they remain the same. The key players are all gone, but the game hasn't really changed much.

The video clip was made in the 1980s, but was just posted by Jack Abdo earlier this year. It shows a side of the great comedian that we never knew and never expected.

Enjoy!

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8 comments:

  1. That was timely & FANTASTIC!
    The sound quality equaled the content.
    Thank you.
    dansorkin@comcast.net

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  2. Great stuff!!!!!! Alan King was always one of my favorite comics, and here he performs way beyond my expectations.

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  3. A genius of comedy and this is one of his best routines.
    From Variety, when he died in 2004:
    Born Irwin Alan Kniberg to Russian immigrants, he grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and in Brooklyn. He married Jeannette Sprung in 1947 and they had three children. When King was at the height of his career, he faced one son’s drug addiction and said he realized he had neglected his family. “It’s not easy being a father,” he said, “but I’ve been allowed a comeback.” He spent more time at home and his son conquered his addiction.

    His offstage humanitarian work included fund-raising for a Long Island center for emotionally disturbed children, establishing a chair in dramatic arts at Brandeis U. and founding of the Alan King Diagnostic Medical Center in Jerusalem.

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  4. can't stop laughing ! Alan King was one of the best!

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  5. AMAZING HOW KING KNEW WHAT WAS GOING ON WAY BACK THEN, IF ONLY THE POLITICOS WERE LISTENING TO HIM,

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