Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Overweight Sensation on NPR

I'll be on NPR's All Things Considered this Friday, May 31.

Please spread the word (and the cream cheese, of course).

Sunday, May 26, 2013

New "Goldeneh Moment" Song Parody -- Gypsy's "Small World"

"Small World" from Gypsy, by Jule Styne ("Styne with a y") and Stephen Sondheim becomes a Jewish song -- as if it was written by Jewish people.

I think this one will be popular. Maybe not as big a hit as "There Is Nothing Like A Lox" (23,500 views!), but big.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nice press for Overweight Sensation in Chicago Jewish News

Chicagoans can come to my talk on May 27 at 7pm at Max and Benny's Deli in Northbrook. The place is already filling up fast! RSVP to Richard Reeder at 

The author in repose (not typical)

First biography of Allan Sherman
(and people are loving it!)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sherman's "Summertime" Parody is Here!

This is the rarest and most obscure item I found in my research. 

It is not even mentioned on Sherman websites as a lost parody.

Enjoy "Summertime"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Great Review in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal

Book reviewer Jonathan Kirsch, a writer with impressive books and writerly credentials, just gave my book the review of my dreams in The Jewish Journal.

"'Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman'" by Mark Cohen (Brandeis, $29.95), a penetrating biography by a savvy observer of show business." 

Thank you, Jonathan, and thank you Jewish Journal!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Book Officially Released Today!

May 14, 2013 has arrived and the book is officially available!

And to celebrate, I've updated my Amazon page. Give it the once over!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Allan Sherman's Influence Lives On!

Just this minute learned that comic movie actor Rick Moranis will release next month an album inspired by his love of Allan Sherman.

The album is called My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs. And as he notes in the album review section on Amazon

With this album, Moranis goes back to where he started: "When I first began writing jokes and sketches with various Jewish partners one of us would inevitably stop at some point and announce, "Too Jewish!" Too Jewish for the star, the show, the network, or the audience. The songs on this album are all in that category. I grew up hearing the Allan Sherman and the You Don't Have To Be Jewishalbums in the 60s. Now I m in my 60s."

Allan Sherman's influence lives on.