Synopses & Reviews
This comprehensive collection of portraiture of comedians born before 1930 includes the famous (Milton Berle, Groucho Marx, Jerry Lewis, Mel Brooks, Jack Benny), the not-so-famous (Benny Rubin, Shelly Berman) and the largely unknown (Al Kelly, Menasha Skulnik). The Reuben Award-winning Friedman presents a thorough visual history of these greatest Borscht-Belt comedians with 28 full-page portraits. This is a Blab! Storybook, a series showcasing sequential artists from the acclaimed anthology . Each volume is presented in a beautiful 10" x 10" hardcover and full-color format.
An illustrated reference celebrating the accomplishments of Jewish comedians born before 1930 links the traditions of vaudeville and burlesque to the the popularity of Yiddish theater and culture and traces the careers of George Burns, Milton Berle, Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Mel Brooks, Henny Youngman, Phil Silvers, and other lesser-known talents.
An illustrated celebration of the greatest Jewish comedians of the 20th century.
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.