The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America

The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America

The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America

The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America

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Jerry Seinfeld was standing in front of a live audience. "I grew up in Massapequa on Long Island," he began. Pausing for a second with the comic timing he had perfected, he then explained. "It's an old Indian word meaning 'by the mall.''' When the laughter died down, he continued, "My folks just moved to Florida this past year. They didn't want to move to Florida, but they're in their sixties and that's the law."

The audience loved his jokes, but it wasn't always so easy for Seinfeld. In his early twenties, on the same day he graduated college, he made his first stand-up comedy appearance at New York's Catch a Rising Star. It was open-mike night, and the young comedian had his chance. He walked up to the microphone and froze.

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