"Why were all the writers on the Sid Caesar Show young Jews?"
January 29, 2009, 05:45 PM
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Larry Gelbart, creator of MASH and the Broadway musical City of Angels, was asked why he and all his fellow writers on Sid Caesar`s Show of Shows in the 1950s (including Woody Allen, Neil Simon, Carl Reiner, and Mel Brooks—see the movie "My Favorite Year" for a fictionalized version of this famous confluence of talent) were young Jews. He responded:

"Because our parents were old Jews."

That reminds me of the George Carlin joke:

"I’d like to mention something about language, there are a couple of terms being used a lot these days by guilty white liberals. The first is �Happens to be� �He happens to be black’ �I have a friend, who happens to be black� like it’s a #%!@in accident ya know. Happens to be black? Yes, he happens to be black. He has two black parents? Oh yes, yes he did. And they #%!@ed? Oh indeed they did. So where does the surprise part come in? I’d think it’d be more unusual if he just happened to be Scandinavian."