Shtick Shift

November 15, 2008 by simchaweinstein  
Filed under Books, Shtick Shift

Sarah Silverman’s shocking stand up. Judd Apatow’s foul mouthed morality plays. Sacha Baron Cohen’s provocative alter egos. This is definitely not your zayde’s Jewish comedy.

Even the once revolutionary, understated “Jew-ish” and “Israel-lite” flavor of Seinfeld has been
replaced by a brutal matter-of-factness that would make earlier generations cringe.

Shtick Shift by Rabbi Simcha

Shtick Shift by Rabbi Simcha

Just compare early Jewish vaudeville star Fanny Brice, who sang quaint tunes like “Second Hand
Rose” and “My Man” to Silverman’s notorious (and hilarious) musical compositions like her twisted
paean to the elderly, “You’re Gonna Die Soon,” and the infamous “I Love You More” (“Than Jews Love Money”).

Author Simcha Weinstein calls this daring new comic sensibility “The Shtick Shift.”

Unlike their comedic predecessors, Jewish comedians of the 21st century – such as The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, Larry David of Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Jewfro’d movie stars Seth Rogan and Jonah Hill– don’t play down or apologize for their heritage. They offer fresh perspectives on familiar themes in Jewish humor: politics, money, assimilation and the trappings of success.

Think of Shtick Shift as the 21st Century’s primer to the ever-changing face of Jewish comedy: new
faces, outrageous routines and sometimes surprising seriousness about the most (de)pressing issues of our time.

The book takes apart Jewish humor and reconstructs it using today’s Jewish comedians’ outrageousness as the new model of how far, far out humor can go.

You’ll laugh out loud and be occasionally outraged as you read “Shtick Shift.” Tell your friends to buy it!

Comments

6 Responses to “Shtick Shift”

  1. Joe Silver on October 24th, 2008 10:22 pm

    When is the new book out Rabbi?

  2. simchaweinstein on November 18th, 2008 11:25 pm
  3. Shkoyach "Dave" on November 20th, 2008 12:46 pm

    The informative literary wit of Simcha Weinstein is in an “un-put-downable” book. I didn’t want it to end! I can’t wait for his next masterpiece!

  4. Ariel Chait on November 20th, 2008 4:45 pm

    Funny, Intelligent, Entertaining.. This book is a must read for anybody who loves to laugh. A collection of stories that contain humor and meaning, you wont be disappointed.

  5. ShellyS on December 26th, 2008 2:52 pm

    Just finished reading this book, it was fun but over too soon.
    You should write a sequel.

  6. ShellyS on December 26th, 2008 2:54 pm

    maybe i read too fast.

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