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Jewish Humor: A Telling Experience You Don't Have to be Jewish to Love This Humor!

Stephen Z. Cohen
Comedy / Jewish Culture & History

Course Description

What makes a joke Jewish? How does one recognize a Jewish joke in sheep’s clothing? And why are we laughing? The answers, as well as many other insights, will be revealed as the collective Jewish experience is explored as it is reflected in classical Jewish jokes and stories. As he travels the timeline of Jewish life from old country shtetls through immigration to and assimilation in the "goldene medina" of America, Cohen gives a far deeper understanding than the typical stand-up comedy routine. This program is not just funny; it is smarter than that! Renowned for his adept selection of humorous material, exceptional delivery, spot-on dialect, thoughtful commentary and audience rapport, his lectures are best described as "edutainments." Gain a better understanding of why Jewish humor is such an integral part of the Jewish culture - a culture one need not be Jewish to appreciate. Everyone is welcome and rest assured, he will make sure you "get" the joke. Come share the laughter and reminisce. Bring a hankie; the nostalgia may induce a few tears.

About the Instructor

  • Stephen Z. Cohen PhD is an author, educator, entertainer, humorist and lecturer. In his second career as an acclaimed Jewish humorist, he seeks to preserve Jewish humor as an important part of Jewish heritage and tradition. Presenting at prestigious venues across the country, he has regaled audiences with his unique and nostalgic performances, lectures and courses. He is a retired educator from the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he taught social group work practice, group psychotherapy and was an early expert in the field of gerontology and services to the elderly.

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