Jews in Comedy

January 11, 2021

Beginning on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 3 PM ET, we are pleased to offer a three-session series led by Lois Silverman.

The first session will be “The Beginnings–1948-1960.”

Jews have always used humor to survive difficult time. When they came to the USA in huge numbers and had to fight to survive in a strange and hostile environment, they used this coping mechanism to persevere and thrive.

From the Yiddish Theater to the Borscht Belt, they created entertainment for themselves; however, it was only through the medium of television that they were given the opportunity to share their humor and comedy with the whole world and especially in the audience’s own living rooms.

Through film clips, this course will explore the history and role of Jewish entertainers in television from the beginning of the industry .

Participation in this program is a benefit of your WL membership.

Ellen Kaner Bresnick & Julia Loeb
Education Co-Chairs

To register, click here.