Program Details

What's with Jews and Comedy? Episode Two

Lenny Dave
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Episode two of this nostalgic, visually engaging, musical, and humorous trip down comedy’s Memory Lane includes even more of your favorite Jewish laugh-makers of the past 100 years. The key question remains the same. What is it about the Jewish culture, the Jewish people, and the American Jewish "experience" that not only provides the contextual backdrop for Jews and comedy but also provides such fertile soil to produce so many of our favorite comedians of the past century? They were multi-talented, well-trained, and had perfected their craft in Vaudeville, on the Broadway stage, on radio, in the Catskills “Borscht Belt,” and in motion pictures. Those who survived this daunting show business gauntlet ultimately found their way into your living room as welcomed guests. For American Jews, comedy has always been much more than just a form of entertainment. Humor, wit, and wisdom have also provided a powerful connection between a group of people and their heritage - sometimes used as a survival skill and sometimes used simply to express the absurdity and joy of daily life.

About the Instructor

  • Lenny Dave is a nationally recognized comedy historian, speaker, author and humorist. He informs and entertains a wide variety of active senior, synagogue, and civic audiences, and he’s been doing so for more than 30 years! Dave is the only speaker to have performed in both the Red Skelton Entertainment Series and at the Oliver Hardy Festival. As a student of comedy and a professional practitioner of humor, Dave’s highly interactive programs focus on the funny people who have made us laugh for decades. In performing successful surgery on the human spirit, Dave invites his audience to recall and relive so many happy memories of a time when the best comedy was funny… and clean!  A two-time "Speaker of the Year" nominee, Dave is co-author of "Infinite Inspirations" and "Let Your Leadership Speak." His credentials also include a two-year term as (international) president of the Association for Applied & Therapeutic Humor.