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Let There Be Laughter: A presentation by Michael Krasny

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA, 94115 United States (map)

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Author, scholar, and KQED radio host Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since he could say “oy vey!” In his new book, Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means, he offers wise, entertaining explanations for the most iconic Jewish jokes, illuminating the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs. The book savors classic comedians such as Mel Brooks, Jackie Mason, and Joan Rivers, as well as newer stars Sarah Silverman, Amy Schumer, and Jon Stewart.

(c) Howard Schatz

(c) Howard Schatz

Krasny will delve into the themes of Jewish humor, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish. He’ll explore its timeless categories: mothers, sex and marriage, schlemiels, assimilation, suffering, religion, and celebrating. And, of course, he’ll share some jokes.

Michael Krasny, PhD, is the award-winning host and senior editor of KQED’s Forum public-affairs program, a professor of English literature at San Francisco State University, and author of the books Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest.

Program made possible, in part, by Chen and Rebekah Sapirstein.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Kung Pao Kosher Comedy.



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Later Event: December 24