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Let There Be Laughter

Unabridged   5.5 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/27/2016

Let There Be Laughter

A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681683850
Digital Download ISBN:9781681683867


From the host of NPR affiliate's Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture.

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Product Description

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.

Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike.


"Anyone interested in Jewish comedy will find this a funny and compelling coverage which both provides humorous stories and narrates the evolution of Jewish humor itself." —Donovan's Literary Services

"Side-splittingly hilarious." —Ken Burns

"Let There Be Laughter is as much a memoir as an anthology, and some of the best moments in the book are the anecdotes that Krasny tells about how Jewish humor asserts itself in unexpected, provocative and meaningful ways." —Jewish Journal

"Let There Be Laughter is indeed a treasury of great Jewish humor. . . . it is delightful." —New York Times

Author Bio

Michael Krasny is the host and senior editor of Northern California's NPR affiliate KQED's award-winning Forum program, a news and public affairs radio program that also concentrates on current events, culture, health, business and technology, the arts and entertainment. He is a professor of English at San Francisco State University.