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Publisher's Summary

Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since his bar mitzvah, and it's been said that he knows more of them than anyone on the planet. He certainly states his case in this wise, enlightening, and hilarious book that not only collects the best of Jewish humor passed down from generation to generation but explains the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs.
With his background as a scholar and public-radio host, Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and form of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery; the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation; the importance of vocal inflection in joke telling; and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish. Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike.
©2016 Michael Krasny (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By J. Leder on 01-14-18

Could’ve been ...

...really laugh-out loud funny. But it’s never funny to ***explain*** why something ‘s funny. So overall you have to settle on getting a little education and a little humor. Overall definitely worth the read though.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mary Stone on 03-11-17

When the reader is essential

Krasny categorizes Jewish humor so the reader gains a sense of history and culture , making the humor meaningful as well as entertaining. Since much of the humor derives from Yiddish, an expressive idiom, I recommend Krasny's reading aloud rather than a print book. That said , the tone can be rather predictable, the pacing unvaried

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