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An Afternoon of Jewish Humor: The Jokes, the Comics, the Stories, and Their Interpretations

Code:
EVT 538
Day:
Sunday
Date(s):
Mar 4
Time:
2:00 pm (Doors 1:30 pm)
Location:
Bishop Auditorium, Lathrop Library
Cost:
FREE
Status: No Registration Required
Join us for a lively afternoon with Michael Krasny, who (he admits) has been telling Jewish jokes since he could say “oy vey!” and (others claim) knows more of them than anyone else on the planet. He was finally persuaded to put hundreds of his favorites into his bestselling book, Let There Be Laughter, accompanied by his wise and enlightening commentary explaining the historic and cultural role of humor in Jewish life from the shtetl and the diaspora to arrival—and thriving—in America. According to his publisher, “With his background as a scholar and public-radio host, Michael Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and forms of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joketelling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish.” Come and enjoy and learn.

The Stanford Bookstore will be selling copies of Michael Krasny's book, Let There Be Laughter, at the event.

Michael Krasny, Host of “Forum,” KQED Radio; Professor of English, SF State

Michael Krasny is a scholar and professor of English and American literature, an award-winning broadcast journalist, and the author of two acclaimed books, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic’s Quest. Since 1993, he has been the host of Forum with Michael Krasny on KQED Radio, the most listened-to locally produced public radio program in the country.
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