Author: Avi Hoffman
In "Too Jewish?", Avi Hoffman begins the exploration of his Jewish roots, and now that he has over two thousand performances nationwide, he has discovered that audiences throughout North America can identify with the humor and music of his upbringing. Jews and non-Jews alike, laugh and cry with Avi, as he takes them on a journey through history, relating stories of his family's immigrant background and the culture within which he was raised. He has discovered the "lost treasures" of Jewish comedy and music. He has found the songs and routines that entertained hundreds of thousands of people from the Catskills to Miami Beach, from Carnegie Hall to the Yiddish Vaudeville. Avi introduces performers, that were the biggest starts of the 40's, 50's and 60's, whose jokes, stories and songs served as a bridge between the old world and the new, and are now completely unknown to contemporary audiences and are vague memories to those who lived through that era. He recreates the persona of the great-grandfather of stand-up comedy, the Jewish Vaudevillian, Menashe Skulnick. Avi Hoffman recreates and rediscovers the wonderful music, comedy and pathos of the extraordinary period of creativity that began with the immigrants and continued with their children. A time that was to become the breeding ground for the great comedians of our time - Henny Youngman, Milton Berle, The Marx Brothers, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Brooks & Carl Reiner, Woody Allen and the hundreds of others that were influenced and inspired during those years. This award-winning performance was taped live at the Westside Theatre in New York, and has received critical acclaim nationwide. It has also been broadcast on the Public Television System.