An Evening with Michael Krasny
Who: Bestselling author and host of KQED's Forum Michael Krasny.
What: Discussing his new book Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means.
When: Tuesday, 29 November 2016 at 7 PM.
Where: Rakestraw Books.
Why you should care: Isn't Jewish humor masochistic? No. And if I hear that one more time I am going to kill myself!
Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since he could say oy vey!, and it's been said that he knows more of them than anyone else on the planet. He certainly states his case in this wise, enlightening, and hilarious book that not only collects the best Jewish humor passed down from generation to generation but explains the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs.
With his background as a scholar and public radio host, Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and forms of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery; the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation; the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling; and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish.
Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike. Join us for what is sure to be a lively and interesting evening with Michael Krasny. As a special treat, Rabbi Dan Goldblatt will be introducing Dr. Krasny this evening.