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.