Ruth Wisse: The History of Jewish Humor

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What do Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman and Rodney Dangerfield have in common? Besides having the knack to reduce audiences to fits of laughter, they all happen to be Jewish. In her book "No Joke: Making Jewish Humor," Harvard Yiddish professor Ruth Wisse looks at Jewish humorists throughout history. She also explores jokes that border on anti-Semitism, and looks at the different chapters of Jewish humor.


Ruth Wisse, author of "No Joke: Making Jewish Humor" and professor of Yiddish and comparative literature at Harvard University