MICHAEL KRASNY IN CONVERSATION_copy | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center


Thu, December 1, 2016 7:30 pm - 12:00 am

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From the host of NPR affiliate’s “Forum with Michael Krasny,” this compendium of Jewish jokes packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff that also offers a window into Jewish culture. 

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, and 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. 

Marc Hershon likes to think of himself as a Renaissance Man minus the Black Plague. He has concurrently done radio announcing, produced live comedy shows, write comedy, perform and teach improv, draws weekly editorial cartoons, written TV movies for the Hallmark Channel, authored a business book (I Hate People), performed weddings, and is a branding professional. He’d like to be an astronaut when he grows up.

WHAT TO EXPECT - On stage fun, conversation & jokes followed by audience Q&A, book sales provided on site from BOOK PASSAGE, Corte Madera, and author book signing. 

Concessions: A selection soft drinks along with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and a variety of snacks and freshly baked goods available for purchase. Concessions may be enjoyed throughout the performance in the theater. No table service.

Concessions allowed in theater

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