Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means

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William Morrow & Company
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6.3 X 7.5 X 1.1 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Krasny, Ph.D., is a scholar and professor of English and American literature, an award-winning broadcast journalist, and the author of two acclaimed books, Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest. He released a twenty-four-lecture series in two volumes called Masterpieces of Short Fiction for The Teaching Company, which is also available in audio and DVD format. Since 1993 he has been the host of Forum with Michael Krasny, a news and public affairs interview program produced at KQED Radio, the National Public Radio affiliate in San Francisco, California. The program is the most-listened-to locally produced public radio program in the United States, and the number one program in its morning time slot in the San Francisco Bay Area market. Forum can also be heard on SiriusXM, Comcast, iTunes, and across the internet.


"A book about Jewish jokes that's as funny as the jokes--what's not to love?"----Andy Borowitz
"Side-splittingly hilarious."---- Ken Burns
"Michael Krasny's 'Let There Be Laughter' offers funny jokes and insightful commentary as antidote to trying times."--Times of Israel
"Let There Be Laughter is as much a memoir as an anthology, and some of the best moments in the book are the anecdotes that Krasny tells about how Jewish humor asserts itself in unexpected, provocative and meaningful ways."--Jewish Journal
"Joyful, Jewish and often just plain old funny, Michael Krasny's new book, 'Let There Be Laughter', is jam-packed with jokes."---- The Mercury News
"Krasny has chosen well, and digs into the jokes, explaining the sometimes not-so-funny histories and emotions that ultimately trigger the laughter. Besides the featured jokes, he provides plentiful additional bits that evoke smiles and nods of recognition."--San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Be sure to pick up this funny read. You won't regret it."--Atlanta Jewish Times
"[Krasny] closes with the hope that his book has brought 'deep appreciation for the remarkably widely-ranging genius of Jewish comedy.'...delightful."--New York Times Book Review
"For years, [Krasny's] been building an arsenal of Jewish jokes, which resulted in the recent bestselling book "Let There Be Laughter," his punchline-filled reflection on the wit and wisdom and general mishegoss of his people. And, oy, do we need this humor more than ever now."--David Talbot, San Francisco Chronicle