The Violet Crow at Queen Anne Book Company

Reading at QABC

Thanks to everybody who attended my reading at Queen Anne Book Company, and to Janis Segress for hosting me. It was a hot July night–and things got even hotter when Mickey Z showed up to warm up the audience. Here’s the video so you can see what you missed:

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Crazy Downtown

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Check out this rare video of a live performance by Allan Sherman. Worth watching just for the go-go dancers!

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Alan King’s encyclopedia of Jewish humor

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In this eight-minute video, you get a lesson in the evolution of Jewish culture in America during the 20th century. The set-up is King’s mother’s request for her 49th anniversary: She wants the whole family to come to dinner at her apartment. King explains that his parents have eight married children, 18 grandchildren, and 42 ...

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Yiddish lesson from Buddy Hackett

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The Violet Crow got a review from someone who felt he should have been warned that the book contained Yiddish–so he could avoid it. This video’s for him. Filmed in ACNJ at Resorts International in 1983.

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Food fight!

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There’s nothing funnier than a food fight. Especially when provoked by an opera singer—and then all the swells get involved. Obviously, I’m referring to The Three Stooges.  

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Diversity “My Way”


Rickles to Sinatra: “I’m a Jew and you’re an Italian.” Points at Carson: “And here we have…what?” Big laugh. 11.12.76. What’s the opposite of progress? Watch and learn.

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