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Jewish Comedy, A Serious History: An Evening with Jeremy Dauber

Jeremy Dauber shows that Jerry Seinfeld and Sarah Silverman are just the latest members of an ancient tradition of Jewish humor that stretches all the way back to the Bible. The professor will trace the origins of Jewish comedy from biblical times to the Twitter age, including the ways comedy was mirrored and shaped throughout history.

Jeremy Dauber is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture and director of Columbia’s Institute of Israel and Jewish Studies; he also teaches in American studies at Columbia University in the City of New York.