"Better to laugh than to cry," says an old Yiddish proverb.
While Jews account for less than 2.5% of the USA's population, approximately
70% of the USA's working comedians are Jewish. As Sally famously said
to Harry, "You do the math.” From the Borscht Belt shtick
of Mel Brooks, to the Hollywood hijinks of the Marx Brothers, Jewish
humor has defined comedy in 20th century America.
Woody Allen, Henny Youngman, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld,
Garry Shandling (with whom I worked on “The Larry Sanders Show”),
Bob Hope, Robert Klein, Mickey Katz, Weird Al, Allan Sherman, Jack Benny,
George Burns, George Jessel, the Ritz Brothers (Al, Jimmy, Harry), Danny
Kaye, Alan King, Jerome Lester 'Curly' Howard (Horwitz), Yehudah Leib
b’r Shlomo Natan ha-Levi. His brother Moe was Moshe, and brother
Shemp was Shmuel — otherwise known as The Three Stooges. The list
goes on and on and on and on and on . . . Need I say more?