The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America

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The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction - The World of Jewish Comedians ix
  • I - The Golden Door and the Velvet Curtain 1890-1930 *
  • 1 - The Land of Hope and Tears 3
  • 2 - Curtain Up and Curtain Down 21
  • II - The Years of Fear 1930-1950 *
  • 3 - Theater of the Mind 55
  • 4 - Laughing in the Dark 79
  • 5 - The Jewish Alps 104
  • III - The Years of Acceptance 1950-1965 *
  • 6 - The Magic Box 129
  • 7 - Is There Any Group I Haven't Offended? 155
  • IV - The Years of Triumph 1965-Present *
  • 8 - I Need the Eggs 195
  • 9 - Masters of Their Domain 220
  • 10 - Kosher at Last 253
  • 11 - The Cost of Victory 270
  • 12 - Not the Last Laugh 278
  • Appendix Schlemiels and Nudnicks - The Sources and Nature of Jewish Humor 287
  • References 309
  • Acknowledgments 331
  • Index 343
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