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February 19, 1988 - Image 66

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-02-19

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Jewish Humor

Continued from preceding page

superior to someone even
more wretched than
ourselves."
And it does that she said,
by "mingling head and heart.
It is said that life is a tragedy
to those who feel and a com-
edy to those who think.
Jewish humor uniquely corn-
bines both thinking and feel-
ing."
Which explains why
Cohen's favorite joke is the
one about the guy who asks
an Englishman, a French-
man, an American and a Jew
what each would do if told a
flood was about to come and
he had only a few hours to
live.

The Englishman says, "I'd
open a bottle of port, sip it
slowly, take stock of my life
and wait for the inevitable."
The Frenchman says, "I'd
eat some coq au yin and make
love."
The American says, "I'd
work as hard as I could to
build the best raft I could."
The Jew says, "I'd learn to
live under water."

"As Jews have gasped for
air," Cohen said, "humor has
been our life preserver, en-
abling us to survive, to learn
to live under water. It's been
the schmaltz in our chicken
soup." El

`Unkosher' Comediennes

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hough most Jewish
comedians, from Ed-
die Cantor, to Woody
Allen, have been men, there
have also been a number of
Jewish women who have
made their livings being
funny.
Sarah Cohen devotes one
of the chapters of her book,
`Jewish Wry' to what she
calls "the unkosher come-
diennes," looking at such
masters as Fanny Brice,
Sophie Ricker, Ibtie Fields
and Joan Rivers.
Cohen calls them "un-
kosher," she said in an inter-
view, because "their very ap-
peal violates one of the most
sacred commandments for
Jewish women — to be
kosher. They have unclean
lips, lips made dirty by be-
ing corrupted, foul-
mouthed. They violate the
code of gentility and
overstep the bounds of
respectability.
"They are," adds Cohen,
"brazen offenders of the
faith. They violate the lbrah
concept of public modesty.
They clamor for all the at-
tention they can get.
Judaism dictates that they
be refined and genteel, but
they say what they want to.
They take the unclean words
we're thinking out of our
mouths and utter them."
Sophie 'nicker, for exam-
ple, billed herself as "The
Last of the Red Hot
Mamas" talking about sex
and standing up for the
rights of women who had
been wronged. "Her songs
often projected the image of
a large Jewish mother in
heat," said Cohen.
As for Rivers, Cohen said,
it's hard to say where she'll
go after her husband's sui-
cide, since her career up to
now has been made up of
several different personali-
ties at different times.

"She's been the female
schlemiel, the inept, power-
less creature begging for
sympathy. She magnified
the world's rejection before
they could do it to her by
itemizing her personal
liabilities. 'Dress by Oscar
de la Renta, body by Oscar
Mayer.' She's been insulted
and wounded and the humor
was used to soothe the pain.
"She's also been the yen-
ta, the gossip who, like in
the shtetl, named people ac-
cording to their physical
defects. And she's been the
feminist, telling women how
to profit from men and talk-
ing about such things as the
indiginities of the gynecolo-
gist's office."
Despite her success,
Cohen said, Rivers still feels
ugly and insecure, some-
thing true of almost all
Jewish comediennes. "Many
of the women have poor self-
images. They may not con-
form to the mainstream
standards of beauty, of be-
ing blonde and blue-eyed. If
you can't be beautiful, then
be smart and smart-alecky."
On the one hand, said
Cohen, its Jewish life that
allows girls to be smart and
smart-alecky. "American
Jewish parents lives' revolve
around their kids. The
Jewish female child is made
to feel she has something
important to say. So it's all
right for the female child to
be witty and have a loud
voice. It's a way of getting
attention."
On the other hand, she
said, it's Jewish life that
limits just how smart-
alecky girls can be, and so,
humor is a way of getting
revenge. "For women, it's a
form of personal obstinancy
against a Jewish world that
may have excluded them
because they defied Jewish
tradition."

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