A couple days ago, I read this post on the Florida Writers Conference Blog (I know I’m not from Florida, but I happen to really like this blog) about humor. And there’s a fun overview of contemporary religious Jews in comedy right now on Aish.com. So I was already contemplating the subject when I spotted an interview with Ruth Wisse on Tablet about her new book, No Joke.
Ten minutes in, Wisse talks about secular Jewish vs religious humor. If you’re a Jewish writer, it’s worth listening just for that bit.
The conversation as a whole gives a really interesting spin on Jewish comedy, but the most fascinating part is the end of the interview where she talks about the shlemiel as hero vs. the man of action. What’s interesting is that this historian of comedy holds that there are times where we can “overdose” on “the best medicine.”
Very, very thought-provoking (even if I’m not 100% on the same page as her) and very serious stuff.