Sunday, June 30, 2013

Long Island Wakes Up To Allan Sherman Day!

Long Island's Newsday newspaper has made this Allan Sherman Day.

Major story in today's paper with teaser views here and here.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

New Sherman-Inspired Rick Moranis Album--Is It "Too Jewish?"

They said Allan Sherman was too Jewish. They were wrong.

But the new Rick Moranis album just might be.

My review is here

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Hollywood Reporter Like Overweight Sensation

Long-awaited review in THR. 

Huge thanks to my brother Neil who, as they say in the Mafia, is a connected guy. 

Neil knows EVERYBODY!

Key review quote,

"The story of [Sherman's] surprising rise, his heartfelt comic art form, his impact on the image of Jews in media as well as his rapid fall from grace -- leading up to his death only a decade later at age 48 -- is told with intimate details, an affectionate touch of humanity and lots of his parody lyrics in the well-researched book Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman by Mark Cohen."

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Broadway Kingdom Interviews Me On Camera

Elli at had someone point a camera at me and I talked about Allan Sherman.

We commandeered the stage at the Museum of Jewish Heritage before my talk there on May 29, 2013. 

Thanks to Gabe Sanders for allowing us to move in on his turf like that. Gabe also, thankfully, told us when enough was enough. (It is sometimes hard for me to stop talking.)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

"Weird Al" Yankovic Likes Sherman Biography Overweight Sensation

It's well known that "Weird Al" Yankovic is an Allan Sherman fan, less well known that he blurbed my biography of Allan Sherman, and unknown to most (including me until five minutes ago) that he recently hyped Overweight Sensation in a piece for Studio 360

Thank you, Al!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Allan Sherman Lost Parody Update: "Frank Cooper"

While researching Overweight Sensation I discovered about 20 lost Allan Sherman recordings. 

These were Sherman's "Goldeneh Moments From Broadway," which was his title for his collection of Jewish parodies of the Broadway musical.

This one, "Frank Cooper," is a parody of West Side Story's "Maria." It tells the comic tale of Sherman's relationship with legendary Hollywood agent Frank Cooper.

Another great punchline here. Enjoy

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Allan Sherman: Comic Father of Seinfeld, Larry David, Rick Moranis

It took me a while to piece it all together, but now it's overwhelming.

Allan Sherman might be the most influential comedian of his time.

This week comic actor Rick Moranis of Ghostbusters released My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs. The Jewish song comedy album was based, of course, on Moranis' early exposure to Allan Sherman.

Then I found Jerry Seinfeld on Comedians in Cars talking Sherman with Joel Hodgson.

And then there was Larry David singing Sherman's "Shake Hands With Your Uncle Max."

Larry David sings "Shake Hands With Your Uncle Max"

And of course Seinfeld's Jason Alexander gave me that dynamite blurb for Overweight Sensation, “Allan Sherman was the original. . . . brilliant wit, satirist beyond compare, and stand-up comic with a melody.” 

Plus, Alexander recorded "Shake Hands With Your Uncle Max."

Then I found Paul Reiser of the hit series Mad About You telling a journalist that, “One of my greatest moments with my kids is sitting down and listening to ‘Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh.’ It’s still funny and it still works." 

And of course Adam Sandler's famous "Hanukkah Song" has been recognized as "the song put Sandler on a continuum with the likes of Jewish song parodist Allan Sherman."

So that's Rick Moranis, Seinfeld, Larry David, Jason Alexander, Paul Reiser, and Adam Sandler.

Not a bad list of Allan Sherman comedy students.

Have I missed anyone?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Boston Jewish Advocate Review: "Masterful"

My apologies for the quality of this scan, but the original review on the Jewish Advocate website is reserved for subscribers only.

The review is by Daniel Kimmel, past president and current member of the Boston Society of Film Critics.

Just click on the image for a larger and very readable image.

Thank you, Mr. Kimmel!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Two new Photos/Videos postings!

Finally uploaded Sherman's Jewish parody of Cole Porter's "You're The Top"

And also an excerpt of my interview with Dr Demento about Overweight Sensation

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Allan Sherman's Spirit Lives on in New Comedy Album from Rick Moranis

With an album title like My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs, Rick Moranis of Ghostbusters fame hardly needed to say that Allan Sherman was one of his great comedy influences. 

But he did.

"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 Jewish albums in the 60s. Now I m in my 60s."

Brisket appears next week and the timing is perfect. 

This summer is the 50th anniversary of Sherman's Grammy Award-winning "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh" summer camp song, and my biography of Sherman is out now and getting press on NPR's "All Things Considered," the Chicago Tribune, and more.

Even after a half-century, Sherman's influence lives on.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Chicago Tribune Comes Through for Native Son

The "Printers Row" section of the Chicago Tribune is available only to subscribers, but you can click here to see a preview of the paper's positive and thorough review of Overweight Sensation, the biography of Chicago-born Allan Sherman.

The bottom line?

"lively and meticulously researched"

I'll take it!

It's almost as pithy as Allan Sherman's favorite line in junior high school,

"I shall reward your impertinence by striking you upon the cranium."

Search for Allan Segal, as Sherman was then known. 

And that's him in the top row, first on the right.

John Burroughs Junior High School BURR, 1938

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Listen to New Interview on NPR

Hear my interview with Robert Siegel of NPR's "All Things Considered" as we discuss my new Allan Sherman biography.