Allan Sherman::Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah

Sun, February 9, 2014 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Spend an afternoon with the hits, the life, and the lost lyrics of Allan Sherman - FREE


 In Association with





 Mark Cohen, author





Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
The Life & Comedy of Allan Sherman
With author Mark Cohen

Legendary for his Grammy-winning 1963 hit song about a forlorn summer camp kid, Sherman was a manic, Bacchanalian, and hugely creative Jewish song parodist who had three albums make the Billboard Top 100. He played Carnegie Hall, befriended Harpo Marx, discovered Bill Cosby, and sang for Lyndon Johnson’s presidential campaign.

Hear a few of Sherman’s long lost recordings and learn about his tumultuous life from Mark Cohen, author of Sherman’s first biography, Overweight Sensation: The Life & Comedy of Allan Sherman.

Book sales & signing follows talk.

In association with Congregations Kol Shofar & Rodef Sholom


FREE - but please RSVP to RSVP.CJP@marinjcc.org


In time for the 50th anniversary of "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh," Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman is the first biography of the groundbreaking Jewish song parodist and humorist. Allan Sherman played Carnegie hall, befriended Harpo Marx, discovered and produced Bill Cosby, and sang for the National Press Club, the U.S. Department of Labor, and Lyndon Johnson’s presidential campaign.

"Sherman's completely unex­pected and extraordinary success changed American comedy and popular culture," said Mark Cohen, author of Overweight Sensation. "For the first time since the end of vaudeville more than a half-century ear­lier, Jewish dialect humor spread to main­stream culture and led to fame and fortune. Ethnicity was back."

Mark Cohen is the leading expert on Allan Sherman and the author of the liner notes for My Son, The Box, the 6-CD definitive collection of Sherman's beloved novelty songs and parodies. Based on the author's exclusive access to papers and recordings held by Sherman’s son and dozens of inter­views, Overweight Sensation includes 20 long lost parodies from the great Broadway musicals.

"What you are about to hear is entitled, 'Goldeneh Moments from Broadway,'" said Sherman. "I said to myself, what would have happened, how would it have been, if all the great Broadway hits of the great Broadway shows had been written by Jewish people—which they were."


"Allan Sherman was the original. . . . Before Forbidden Broadway, before Weird Al Yankovic, there was Allan Sherman—bril­liant wit, satirist beyond compare, and stand-up comic with a melody."

Jason Alexander, actor and Seinfeld star


"Allan Sherman was instrumental in helping me with my career."

Bill Cosby


"Allan Sherman is one of my biggest inspira­tions and all-time musical heroes. If Mark Cohen were to do a biography special on him . . . well, by golly, I’d watch it. Maybe even twice!"

Weird Al Yankovic, song parodist and winner of three Grammy Awards


"Allan Sherman's parodies were sheer genius. To this day I can never hear "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" without thinking of Sherman’s “where the drapes of Roth are stored.” He was droll and under that nerdy exterior lurked a wicked talent."

Theodore Bikel



MARK COHEN is a writer, editor, and jour­nalist specializing in American Jewish cul­ture. His previous books include Missing a Beat: The Rants and Regrets of Seymour Krim, and Last Century of a Sephardic Community. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.