Author Talks


Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman by Mark Cohen (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture and Life, 2013). 

Overweight Sensation is the first biography of the manic, Bacchanalian, and hugely creative artist who in 1962-63 sold three million albums in just twelve months, but died in obscurity a decade later at the age of 49.

Upcoming Allan Sherman talks

JCC of Binghamton, NY, October 23, 2014.

Recent talks

Ocean County Library, Tom's River, New Jersey, June 5, 2014, at 7pm.

Temple Sinai, Oakland, Calif., June 20, 2014.

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. May 19, 2013, at 2pm.

Max and Benny's Deli, Chicago-metro area. May 27, 2013, at 7pm.

Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. May 29, 2013, at 7pm.

National Capital Radio & Television Museum, June 2, 2013, at 2pm.

Great Neck Public Library, Great Neck, New York. June 4, 2013, at 2pm.

NewBridge on the Charles for Hebrew Senior Life, June 5, 2013, at 2pm.

Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, Mass. June 5, 2013, at 7pm.

Jewish Community Library, San Francisco. June 13, 2013, at 7pm.

Washington DC JCC, October 8, 2013, at 7:30pm.

Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, Nov. 2, 2013, at 7:30pm.

Merage JCC, Irvine, CA, November 5, 2013, at 7:30pm.

JCC of Metro Detroit, November 9, 2013, at 8:30pm.

JCC of Greater Ann Arbor, MI, November 11, 2013, at 7:00pm.

St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, November 12, 2013, 1:00pm.

Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, November 14, 2013, at 12:00pm.

Springfield JCC, Springfield, MA, Dec. 4, 2013, at 1:00pm.

Worcester JCC, Worcester, MA, Dec. 4, 2013, at 7:00pm.

JCCs of Greater Boston, Dec. 5, 2013, at 7:00pm.

Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, Garnerville, NY, Dec. 8, 2013, at 2:00pm.

92 Street Y, New York, Dec. 10, 2013, at 2pm.

Brooklyn Public Library, Grand Army Plaza, Dec. 10, 2013, at 7:00pm.

Great Neck Public Library, Great Neck, NY, Dec. 11, 2013, at 7:00pm.

Mid-Manhattan New York Public Library Author Series, Dec. 12, 2013, at 6:30pm.

National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia, Dec. 15, 2013, at 2pm.

JCC East Bay, Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 17, 2013, at 7pm.

Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, Calif., January 24, 2014 at 8:00pm.

St. Paul JCC, St. Paul, Minnesota, January 30, 2014 at 7pm.

Berkeley Public Library Foundation's Authors Dinner, Berkeley, CA, Feb. 8, 2014. (Appearing as a guest, not a speaker.)

Osher Marin JCC, San Raphael, CA, February 9, 2014, at 4:00pm.

JCC of the Greater Palm Beaches, Florida, March 7, 2014, at 7:00pm.

Dix Hills Jewish Center, Dix Hills, NY, April 3, 2014, at 7:30pm.

Main Line Reform Temple, Wynnewood, PA, April 7, 2014, at 10:30am.

Austin JCC, Austin, Texas, April 27, 2014, at 10:00am.

Praise for Allan Sherman talks by Mark Cohen

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles. May 19, 2013, at 2pm.

"We were so pleased with the program on Sunday. I've received phone calls relaying how much people enjoyed the talk and the way in which you portray Sherman's life and contributions." 

Kasia Gondek, Program Coordinator

Max and Benny's Deli, Chicago-metro area. May 27, 2013, at 7pm.


"This week I heard nothing but positive comments about last Monday's presentation. It was a major success, and you should feel proud of your efforts." 

Richard Reeder, readings coordinator

Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. May 29, 2013, at 7pm.


"Just wanted to say what a pleasure it was having you here last night. I think it was a success by any measure. Best of luck at BEA and with the book. I'll be rooting for it -- and you."

Gabriel Sanders, Director of Public Programs

National Capital Radio & Television Museum, June 2, 2013, at 2pm.


"I very much enjoyed your talk on Sunday. Everyone who attended with whom I spoke also had a good time, so I think we can call it a success. I regret that we did not have more space. It was very crowded."

Brian Belanger, Executive Director/Curator

Great Neck Public Library, Great Neck, New York. June 4, 2013, at 2pm.


"You gave a terrific, informative presentation, and the music, fascinating facts, stories, and insight offered broader take on the Allan Sherman phenomenon and why America went so crazy for 'My Son, The Folk Singer.'"

Jonathan Aubrey, Events Programmer

NewBridge on the Charles for Hebrew Senior Life, June 5, 2013, at 2pm.


"You did a fabulous job presenting the information to a very receptive group of intelligent and sophisticated seniors."

Pamela Markson, Program Coordinator

Jewish Community Library, San Francisco, June 13, 2013, at 7pm.

"There are relatively few people who excel at both the solitary tasks of researching and writing and the very social act of presenting that work, and you are one of them."

Howard Freedman,  Director,  JCL







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  2. Check out my playlist "Running with Shiksas" on my youtube channel AmyBee40. It's all the Allen Sherman songs that I thought best correspond to the songs on Weird Al's album "Running with Scissors." Mr. Cohen if you read this, I'd really love for you to check it out and give me your opinion!

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