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Overweight Sensation

The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman
Cohen, Mark (Book - 2013)
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Allan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler 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. Here, 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 age 49. Comprehensive, dramatic, stylish, and tragic, Overweight Sensation is the definitive Sherman biography.--From publisher description.
Authors: Cohen, Mark
Title: Overweight sensation
the life and comedy of Allan Sherman
Publisher: Waltham, Mass. : Brandeis University Press, c2013.
Characteristics: xiii, 353 p., [14] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Humpty Dumpty
Witz-krieg!
College in sex acts (printer's error)
I've got a secret
There is nothing like a lox
Ollavood!
My son, the folk singer
My son, the celebrity
My son, the nut
Allan in Wonderland
Peyton Place, U.S.A.
Oddball
Hallowed be thy game
Hail to thee, fat person.
Summary: Allan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler 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. Here, 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 age 49. Comprehensive, dramatic, stylish, and tragic, Overweight Sensation is the definitive Sherman biography.--From publisher description.
Local Note: 53 76 80 118 231
ISBN: 1611682568
9781611682564
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Cohen
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 324-339) and index.
Subject Headings: Humorous songs United States 20th century History and criticism. Jewish comedians United States Biography. Singers United States Biography. Sherman, Allan, 1924-1973.
Topical Term: Humorous songs
Jewish comedians
Singers
LCCN: 2012038565
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