Synopses & Reviews
Master caricaturist/portraitist Drew Friedman's spectacular visual tribute to--well, old Jewish comedians--returns with a third and concluding installment that throws its net a bit wider to include a few women (Olive Oyl voice Mae Questel, Ed Sullivan show regular Jean Carroll, and creator Gertrude Goldberg); a handful of more contemporary figures (Richard Belzer, whose gig has eclipsed his stand-up comedy, and 's Gabe Kaplan); and pop-culture legends (Prof. Irwin Corey, legendary Warner Bros. voice artist Mel Blanc), plus among others Marty Ingels, Fyvush Finkel, Gary Morton, Sam Levenson, Bobby Remsen, Max Patkin, Marvin Kaplan, Norm Crosby, Sammy Shore, Joey Adams, Lou Jacobi, and Sid James. It's a heaping pastrami sandwich of gloriously liver-spotted, wrinkled personalities, that will appeal to anyone who likes old people, Jews, or comedians. , which features a cover of comedian Stewie Stone, is augmented with an introduction from not-quite-old-yet Jewish comedian and Comedy Central roasts regular Jeffrey Ross.
"I'm proud to be in the old Jew book!" Jerry Lewis
"Drew Friedman is better than Picasso." Howard Stern
"This is a beautiful tribute to all the men & women who have made life a joy. If Job had a copy and had known these people, he would never had written that terrible book." The Comics Journal
"Although he continues to present people in less-than-flattering terms -- nobody's about to use a Drew Friedman portrait as their JDate profile -- his affectionate undertone continues to push its way to the fore. The series from Fantagraphics is frank yet loving." Jay Ruttenberg
"Drew Friedman is better than Picasso." Jerry Stiller
"I'm proud to be in the old Jew book!" Howard Stern
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About the Author
Drew Friedman's work has appeared in Raw, Weirdo, SPY, The New York Times, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone, Field & Stream, appears regularly in Entertainment Weekly and many other magazines. His collection of portraits Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks was published by Blast books in 2011. He resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and collaborator, Kathy Bidus and their two beagles.