This celebrity business plan is a sure road to
the yiddization of American comedy
"While assimilation is a big concern in the Jewish
community, Arthur Asa Berger contends that, conversely, Jewish culture has
'Yiddishized' American humor.
has provided a multitude of new conduits for traditional Jewish humor
transmission: public meetings and lectures,
Borscht Belt, Broadway, nightclubs, radio, record albums, movies, and most
especially television, as well as
books, newspapers, and
'When the Jews disappear,' he joked, 'the
Jewish humor will be written by non-Jews because they've been Yiddishized and
they'll be able to carry it on.'" - Jewish Bulletin of Northern
California, June 5, 1998
has made available a popular culture that has been not only open to Jews but
positively inviting to Jewish performers and Jewish
themes to a degree that was unimaginable in Eastern Europe.
has been, of course, a price to pay for accepting this invitation, which has
resulted in the parevezation, or
neutering, of much of
the material." - William Novak and Moshe Waldoks
"Joan Rivers' (Joan Alexandra Molinsky) comic universe is
a parade of crude 1970s-era stereotypes. It is a realm in which
the world belongs to the rich and
thin and where the
poor, the obese, the aged and infirm are
pariahs to be ridiculed." - Australian Jewish News, February 24, 2003
It is impossible to imagine what humor would be like in America today
without the contribution of Eastern European
Most of the
comedy in America is written, produced and performed by Jews and has been
for the last century.
Those that find
Yiddish humor low brow
will just have to leave
America (love it or leave it!) because
Yiddish humor has permeated American
crude Yiddish humor took over
Talmudwood in the early
Yiddish humor developed slapstick with each performer having his
or her own shtick.
Think Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz, Al Ritz, Leonard
"Chico" Marx, Adolf "Harpo" Marx, Milton "Gummo" Marx, Herbert "Zeppo" Marx,
Julius Henry "Groucho" Marx and
Jerry Lewis (Joseph Levitch).
stooges originally featured Moe Howard (Harry Moses Horwitz), brother Shemp
Howard (Samuel Horwitz), and longtime friend Larry Fine (Louis Feinberg).
"The Jewish style, with its heavy reliance upon Yiddish and
Yiddishisms, has emerged not only as a comic
style, but as the comic style." - Wallace Markfield, The Yiddishization of
American Humor, Esquire 1965
Yiddish 'humor' is marked with
the belittling of individuals and individual beliefs,
stereotyping of any type of
behavior that the Yiddish find offensive or look down on and the quick wit
that proves that the target is an
idiot while elevating the witty one to new heights of superior cleverness.
Parents and family structure is one
of the favorite targets of Yiddish humor which thumbs its nose at God,
respect for neighbors and
respect for any and all types
of thought that elevate humans above animals.
A few of the Yiddish "comedic" performers that have so
successfully upset the moral fabric of America include:
Jackie Mason (Yacov Moshe Maza), Ed Wynn (Isaiah Edwin Leopold), Mae West (Mary
Jane West), Zero Mostel (Samuel Joel Mostel), Jack Benny (Benjamin Kubelsky),
George Burns (Nathan Birnbaum), Milton Berle (Mendel Berlinger), Eddie Cantor
(Israel Iskowitz), Sid Caesar, Henny Youngman, Howard Morris, Myron Cohen, Phil
Silvers (Fischl Silver), Danny Kaye (David Kaminsky), Red Buttons (Aaron
Chwatt), Bud Abbott, Victor Borge (Børge Rosenbaum), Oscar Levant,
Mickey Katz, Mel Brooks (Melvin Kaminsky), Don Rickles, Leonard Schneider
(Lenny Bruce) , Marty Allen (Morton Alpern), Roseanne Barr (Barsky), William
Edward "Billy" Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Adam Sandler, Charles
Grodin, Harvey Korman, Marty Feldman, Gilbert Gottfried, Gilda Susan Radner,
Carl Reiner, Paul Reiser, Rita Rudner, Robert Schimmel, Pauly Shore, Sarah
Silverman, Rob Schneider, Ben Stiller, Sam Seder, Frederick Alan "Rick"
Moranis, Jon Stewart, Morey Amsterdam, Lewis Black, Albert Brooks, Andrew Dice
Clay (Andrew Dice Silverstein), Randy Sklar, Jason Sklar, Rhea Perlman, Chelsea
Handler, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jack Black, Mel Blanc (Melvin Jerome Blank),
"Professor" Irwin Corey, Tom Arnold (Cohen), Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Larry
Miller, Paul Reubens (Rubenfeld), Garry Shandling, Gene Wilder (Jerome
Silberman), Shelley Berman, Dustin Diamond, Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury), Dan
Ahdoot, Dave Attell, Jon Stewart (Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz), Sandra Bernhard,
Alex Borstein, David Brenner, Steve Bernard Cohen, David Cross, Larry David,
Wayne Federman, Jeff Garlin, Andrew Ginsburg, Elon Gold, Judy Gold, Shecky
Greene (Greenfield), Robert Klein, John Lehr, Jan Murray, Jeffrey Ross, Andy
Samberg, Al Shean, Jon Lovitz, Oscar Levant, "Reverend" Bob Levy,
Marc Maron, Lorne
Michaels (Lorne David Lipowitz), Larry Miller, Bobby Slayton, Jerry Stiller,
Vos, Rodney Dangerfield (Jacob Cohen), Buddy Hackett (Leonard Hacker), Alan
King (Irwin Alan Kniberg), Tony Randall (Arthur Leonard Rosenberg), ad
"From 'Seinfeld' to 'Mad About You' to
'Dharma and Greg' to 'The Larry Sanders Show,' Jewish humor has infiltrated
popular culture. On television, Jewish humor is
the Trojan horse sneaked
into the living rooms of non-Jewish America." - Jewsweek,
1921 Inkwell Studios, founded by the Fleischer
brothers, Max and Dave, is incorporated as an animation studio located at 1600
Broadway, New York City, New York.
Max and Dave
Remembered vividly for their overt sexuality and often grotesque
imagery Betty Boop images are even more provocative when viewed in relation to
the lives of her working class
Eastern European immigrant cousins.
Betty's initial disappearance
can be traced to the Hays Production Code Office, which Mayer, Laemmle,
Goldwyn - Jews grouped themselves into the Motion Pictures Producers and
Distributors of America Inc, and invited Will H. Hayes to preside over
In doing so they were not merely attempting to buy-off criticism,
they were buying respectability.
1939 Martin Goodman founds Marvel Comics.
"Golden Age" of comics begins.
Hordes of young Jewish writers and
artists, most of them struggling immigrants' sons, forged armies of imaginary
superheroes like Superman and
Captain America, whose mission was to wage war against Nazis and their ilk.
No one is more
Jewish than Bugs Bunny.
1948 Catholic schools
conduct bonfires of comic books.
dominated comic book industry raised familiar issues - public concern that they
are influential in the degradation of morals and values.
"Corpses in various states of decay and reanimation
regularly adorned the covers." - Bradford W. Wright1954 The Yiddishization of
comedy left behind a social culture that laughs at the plight of
"EC Comics offered something of a precursor to the upheaval of
the 1960s, questioning authority
before it became fashionable. In perhaps the most notorious panel printed
by EC Comics, a murderous baseball team
plays a midnight game with
the limbs and entrails of a
victim. Little was left to the imagination. Another issue depicted a man
holding a bloody ax in one hand and a woman's severed head in the other." -
Comics Code Authority (CCA) forms Comics Magazine
Association of America as an alternative to government regulation, to allow
the comic publishers to 'self-regulate' the content of comic books in the
The real heroes of Marvel Comics are the two
Israeli's at the corporate helm, Isaac (Ike) Perlmutter and Avi Arad.
At Marvel the key players throughout the decades, including Jack Kirby
(Jacob Kurtzberg) and Stan Lee (Stanley Lieber) creators of the Fantastic Four
and Spider-Man, have been almost exclusively Jewish.
'It was no
accident,' observes David Gilner, director of Libraries for Hebrew Union
College, 'that Bugs Bunny's animator was Fritz Freleng, and his voice supplied
by Mel Blanc - both of whom were Jewish.''' - Cincinnati Post, April 21, 1997
And of course let us not forget the Israeli-born Haim Saban of 'Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles' fame.
The concept of a Superman,
expropriated by two young Jews, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, from
the Father of Nazism and
Zionism Benjamin Disraeli.
US Senate investigates the matter,
releasing a report labeled "Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency."
Senate document notes that "on first impression, the present comic book
industry would seem to comprise many different publishing firms with no
apparent relationship to one another.
676 comic book titles examined
are published by 111 companies owned by only 121 persons or families in
addition to 1 corporation.
The majority of the publishers maintain
editorial offices in New York City."
Subsections of the report include
"Techniques of Crime Taught by Crime and Horror Comics," "Criminal
Careers as Glamorous in Crime and Horror Comic Books", and "Defenders of
Law and Order Frequently Represented as All Powerful Beings Who Kill and Commit
Other Crimes to Defend 'Justice.'"
Yiddish comic book entrepreneurs singled out by the
report include direct-mail advertiser
Samuel Roth "who has for
many years been engaged in using the mail to advertise lewd and lascivious
Alex Segal, also modeled, "testifies that 'by mistake' one
of his trays of addressograph plates bearing the names of 400 children was
routed to the publisher of sex literature."
In the listings of owners
and distributors of comic book businesses, among the best known are Marvel
Comic group (owners: Martin and Jean Goodman) and Archie Comic group
(owners: Maurice Coyne, John Goldwater, and Lewis H. Silberkleit).
EC Comics stops publishing everything except for the satirical
William Gaines publishes only Mad Magazine;
editors Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman; writers Frank Jacobs, Barry Leibmann,
Andrew J. Schwartzberg, Larry Siegel, Lou Silverstone.
produces "the greatest of the under-the-covers-with-a-flashlight genre."
These comics, featuring new explorations of gore, include Tales from
the Crypt, Weird Science, Shock Suspense stories,
Frontline Combat, "and a few other titles made the struggling
Where are all the Looney Tunes?
"Ive been a cartoonist for well over two decades and I
can offer some thought as to why the Looney Tunes characters will not succeed
in the 21st century.
One reason is that viewer sensitivity has forced
censorship of the cartoons, but here is my idea of where these cartoon
characters would be today if they had continued to be the animated superstars
they were 50 years ago.
Elmer Fudd seriously lacked firearm safety and
his careless use of guns would land him in a federal prison.
be convicted of weapons violations to include: Possession of a firearm without
a proper permit, attempted murder and an assault with a deadly weapon. Fudd
would remain incarcerated
Bugs Bunny would come out of his hole with the need
to publicly announce his symptoms of nervousness, craving, insomnia, and
irritability which are associated with withdrawal from excessive carrot eating.
The basis for the addiction
is believed to be beta carotene, found in carrots.
volunteer publically for rehab in an effort to seek sympathy from his viewers
and restore his career.
Wile E. Coyote, a mastermind, lives a life of
violence and a thorough investigation shows numerous credit transactions to the
ACME Corporation for the purchase of items used with the intent to harm a US
Homeland Security views this as an act of terrorism and has
him arrested, interrogated and shipped to the
Guantanamo Bay detention camp
where he will be detained indefinitely.
Roadrunners suspicious cuckoo hyperactive behavior would require a drug
test and even though no controlled substance was found in his urine he is still
downcast by his admirers. His sudden change in appearance and personality
becomes similar to a chicken and he mistakenly becomes part of a three piece
special at the Roadhouse Bar & Grill in Bisbee, Arizona.
Tasmanian Devil cyclone continues to have anger issues, so antiDepressant such
as Prozac®, Celexa® and
Zoloft® are prescribed by a doctor. It helps his mood, but he now fights an
addiction to prescription drugs and refuses to leave the shipping crate he
Tweetie Bird becomes an important figure for the Humane
Society. They force regulations to increase his cage size to give him more room
to move around freely and Sylvester the cat gets neutered.
Martian is a real spacey dude. Hes like way way out
Pepé Le Pew is now portrayed as a pervert and although his
actions and comments may seem innocent to him, in most modern legal contexts
his behavior is illegal sexual harassment, as defined by the law. Several
witnesses have come forward and his career in comedy is over.
who advanced slowly in social development, cannot handle losing his star power
after the fall of his golden years in American animation. He developed an
eating disorder and joins the more than two-thirds of adults considered to be
overweight or obese.
Speedy Gonzales was an illegal immigrant deported
back to Mexico and escorted by Yosemite Sam, who was quickly arrested for
transporting weapons across the border.
Foghorn Leghorn and Daffy Duck
planned on travelling to the US Embassy in Mexico to negotiate the release of
their old friend Sam, but they were contained in customs by the Department of
Agriculture for not having the proper export/import vaccination papers. Instead
of risking the spread of the Avian Bird Flu virus they are both
Th-th-th-th-thats all folks!"
"Our culture of
flagrant self-exaltation, hardwired
in the American character, permits
the humiliation of all those
who oppose us. We believe, after all, that because we have the capacity to
wage war we have a right to wage war. Those who lose deserve to be erased.
Those who fail, those who are deemed ugly, ignorant or poor, should be
belittled and mocked. Human beings are used and discarded like Styrofoam boxes
that held junk food. And the numbers
of superfluous human beings are swelling the unemployment offices, the prisons
and the soup kitchens." - Chris Hedges
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