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  • The Return Of Yiddish Vaudeville

    08/04/2012 3:11:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | Thursday, August 2, 2012 | Ted Merwin
    Beginning in the fifteenth century in a valley in Normandy called the Vau de Vire, from which its name derives, vaudeville became one of the most popular forms of entertainment both in Western Europe and America. Jewish immigrants who flooded into New York from Eastern Europe encountered vaudeville and made it their own. Now two venerable institutions in New York, the Sholem Aleichem Memorial Foundation and the Congress for Yiddish Culture, are jointly sponsoring an evening of Yiddish vaudeville, "You Don't Have to Speak Yiddish to Understand the Truth." The benefit performance will take place next Wednesday evening at the...
  • Jean Carroll, 98, Is Dead; Blended Wit and Beauty

    01/07/2010 10:18:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 880+ views
    New York Times ^ | 1/3/10 | MARGALIT FOX
    Jean Carroll, a comedian of the 1940s and ’50s whose ready wit, impeccable timing and unorthodox blend of glamour and humor made her one of the first female stars of mainstream stand-up comedy, died at a hospital in White Plains on Jan. 1. She was 98 and lived in Hartsdale, N.Y. The death was confirmed by her daughter, Helen Tunick. Though no longer a household name, Ms. Carroll was at midcentury a regular headliner in the country’s best-known theaters and nightclubs. She appeared often on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and had her own short-lived sitcom, “The Jean Carroll Show,” also...
  • Behind the Makeup: BLACK LIKE YOU

    07/16/2006 3:42:59 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 6 replies · 735+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 16, 2006 | ALAN LIGHT
    IN the last few years, it has seemed that perhaps America's long-buried history of blackface is being allowed to peek out of the closet. Bob Dylan named his most recent studio album "Love and Theft," after Eric Lott's landmark 1993 study of the form; and in his curious 2003 film, "Masked and Anonymous," Dylan even got Ed Harris to "black up" for a scene. Spike Lee also explored the subject in "Bamboozled," and competing biographies of Stepin Fetchit joined "Where Dead Voices Gather," Nick Tosches' meditation on the minstrel superstar Emmett Miller, on bookshelves. "Old Dan Tucker," the opening track...
  • "How's Your Wife? - Compared to What?"

    10/19/2005 7:54:15 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 16 replies · 1,905+ views
    The title is, of course, an ancient joke from the vaudeville circuit. It’s an appropriate way to praise, rather than attack, one particular article – and in the process to attack ten thousand others. Here is the lede from “Show Me the Risk!” by Deroy Murdock in NRO (National Review Online) on 19 October 2005: “According to The Archives of Internal Medicine, pharmaceutical companies market a drug that kills some 7,000 Americans annually. These people don’t die instantly, but instead expire after slowly suffering gastrointestinal bleeding. Oddly enough, TV-news producers are ho-hum about this deadly medicine. The Food and Drug...
  • Two letters to the Editor (pure Vanity)

    07/07/2004 7:22:38 AM PDT · by boris · 1 replies · 360+ views
    Boris | 07-07-2004 | Boris
    Editor Daily News Sir: So now we have John Manyjohns and John Smallberries on the Democratic ticket. I hear that John YaYa is their campaign advisor. Somebody call Buckaroo Bonzai quick! ============================== Editor Los Angeles Times Sir: It seems to me that there is an unwritten rule of politics: never pick a second banana who outshines the "star". In particular, one who is better-looking, better-spoken, and smarter than the guy in the #1 slot. I think this originated in Vaudeville but am not sure. I'm pretty sure, though, that it applies equally to politics, which--come to think of it--frequently resembles...