The Yiddish Book Center's

Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

"Funny Was a Way of Survival": Understanding Jewish Comedy

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Jules Feiffer, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist and writer, shares his thoughts on why there are so many Jewish comedians and how humor is both a shield and a weapon.

This is an excerpt from an oral history with Jules Feiffer.

This excerpt is in English.

This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.