Jews & Comedy
To: 21 December 2020
Are Jews funny? What makes a joke Jewish? Who can make Jewish jokes? Jews have been at the forefront of comedy in the United States.
Led by David Slucki, this short course will look at the relationship between Jews and comedy in the 20th century – considering larger issues around how humour and jokes work, the centrality of comedy in modern Jewish culture, and how Jewish comedians have shaped it. We will consider how comedy is used as a weapon and as a defence mechanism, and what it tells us about the world around us.
Image: Michael Richards, Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander, NBC via Getty Images.