20th Century Jewish Humor

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Finally, and perhaps more obviously, contemporary Jewish comedians have unprecedented access to the general public and no longer depend upon the approval of the Jewish community. Traditional Jewish humor, by contrast, was primarily in Yiddish, which functioned as a kind of secret Jewish parlance which permitted one to saying anything without worrying what the goyim would think. For better or worse, those days are over.

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William Novak

William Novak is a writer, editor, and comedy scholar.