Let There Be Laughter

  • by Michael Krasny
  • Narrated by Michael Krasny
  • 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


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Customer Reviews

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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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- Mary Stone

Culturally Interesting

My father's family was Jewish so I always enjoy learning about the faith and culture and this book explained a lot about my own father's sense of humor.

There are many funny jokes and stories, though few were new to me. All together, this book would have been better if it had been read by a professional reader, or even better still, by a Jewish comedian. The reading was dry and the timing off on the jokes.
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- Cathy S. "Easily entertained and amused."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-27-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books