Uncle Miltie and the Gang, Part II

At the temple, right after the ceremony, a man walked up to his new brother-in-law, a man he despised, and said, “May a child be named after you. Soon.”

In the last “License to Kvell” I shared a little historical perspective on Jewish comics and Jewish comedy. We left off somewhere around the early 20th century. Let’s pick it up from there.

Vaudeville and burlesque provided a great stage for Jewish comics, but the Marx Brothers were among the first to prove that motion pictures could be an even greater medium for laughter because of the ability for audiences to get a closer look at sight gags and facial expressions. And yes, there were a lot of funny Jewish faces. (Still are.)

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