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Author Cohen, Mark.

Title Overweight sensation : the life and comedy of Allan Sherman / Mark Cohen.

Imprint Waltham, Mass. : Brandeis University Press, c2013.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    780.92 Sherman,A COH    Available
Description xiii, 353 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life
Brandeis series in American Jewish history, culture, and life.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 324-339) and index.
Contents Machine generated contents note: One.Witz-Krieg! -- Two.College in Sex Acts (Printer's Error) -- Three.I've Got a Secret -- Four.There Is Nothing Like a Lox -- Five.Ollavood! -- Six.My Son, the Folk Singer -- Seven.My Son, the Celebrity -- Eight.My Son, the Nut -- Nine.Allan in Wonderland -- Ten.Peyton Place, U.S.A. -- Eleven.Oddball -- Twelve.Hallowed Be Thy Game -- Thirteen.Hail to Thee, Fat Person.
Summary "Allan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler, the Sacha Baron Cohen of 1963. He led Jewish humor and sensibilities out of ethnic enclaves and into the American mainstream with explosively funny parodies of classic songs that won Sherman extraordinary success and acclaim across the board, from Harpo Marx to President Kennedy. In Overweight Sensation, Mark Cohen argues persuasively for Sherman's legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history. With exclusive access to Allan Sherman's estate, Cohen has written the first biography of the manic, bacchanalian, and hugely creative artist who sold three million albums in just twelve months, yet died in obscurity a decade later at the age of forty-nine"--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Sherman, Allan, 1924-1973.
Singers -- United States -- Biography.
Jewish comedians -- United States -- Biography.
Humorous songs -- United States -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
ISBN 1611682568 cloth alkaline paper
9781611682564 cloth alkaline paper

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