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FOUNDING PARENTS: JEWISH COMEDIANS
The Jewish Studies Area of the Popular Culture Association is organizing at
least one panel on Jewish comedians who created the comic structure for the
mid-20th century to the present for the 2007 conference of the ACA/PCA in Boston,
Massachusetts, April 4-7, 2007.
Among those Jewish entertainers who greatly influenced nightclub
entertaining, films, early television, and Broadway are Fannie Brice, Smith and Dale,
Jerry Lewis, Alan King, Buddy Hackett, Don Rickles, Joan Rivers, Totie Fields,
Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, and Lenny Bruce.
These entertainers, along with many more, helped shape entertainment into
the 21st century. Stand-up comics, sketch comedians, and television comedy
series for the last 50-plus years have been strategically influenced by the work
done by these comedians and comic actors.
Proposals should examine the importance of these and other Jewish comedians
of the same era on the structure of modern comic presentations.
Proposals should be approximately 250 words in length and must include your
mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
All proposals should be emailed to both the Area Chair and Associate Area
Chair. DO NOT SEND ATTACHMENTS. Please copy-and-paste your proposal into the
Area Chair: Daniel Walden -- dxw8_at_psu.edu
Associate Area Chair: Barbara Silliman -- JewishStudiesPCA_at_aol.com
Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2006
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