Overweight Sensation

The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

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Author: Mark Cohen

Series: Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life

Allan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler, the Sacha Baron Cohen of 1963. He led Jewish humor and sensibilities out of ethnic enclaves and into the American mainstream with explosively funny parodies of classic songs that won Sherman extraordinary success and acclaim across the board, from Harpo Marx to President Kennedy. In “Overweight Sensation,” Mark Cohen argues persuasively for Sherman’s legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history. With exclusive access to Allan Sherman’s estate, Cohen has written the first biography of the manic, bacchanalian and hugely creative artist who sold 3 million albums in just 12 months, yet died in obscurity a decade later just shy of his 49th birthday. Comprehensive, dramatic, stylish and tragic, “Overweight Sensation” is destined to become the definitive Sherman biography.

Subject: Biography and Letters

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