Overweight Sensation

The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

Mark Cohen

Allan Sherman was the Larry David, the Adam Sandler, the Sacha Baron Cohen of 1963. He led Jewish humor and sensibilities out of ethnic enclaves and into the American mainstream with explosively funny parodies of classic songs that won Sherman extraordinary success and acclaim across the board, from Harpo Marx to President Kennedy. In Overweight Sensation, Mark Cohen argues persuasively for Sherman’s legacy as a touchstone of postwar humor and a turning point in Jewish American cultural history. With exclusive access to Allan Sherman’s estate, Cohen has written the first biography of the manic, bacchanalian, and hugely creative artist who sold three million albums in just twelve months, yet died in obscurity a decade later at the age of forty-nine. Comprehensive, dramatic, stylish, and tragic, Overweight Sensation is destined to become the definitive Sherman biography.

Cloth: $29.95 | E-book: $19.99
ISBN-13: 9781611682564
Pages: 320 | Size: 6 in. x 9 in.
Date Published: May 14, 2013

About the Author

Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen is a writer and speaker specializing in the Jewish American scene, from the novels of Saul Bellow to the pop culture comedy of Allan Sherman to the angry and manic essays of Beat writer Seymour Krim. His articles have appeared in Forward, Los Angeles Times, Daily News, and Newsday, as well as scholarly publications such as American Jewish History, Saul Bellow Journal, and History of Photography. Cohen is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of …

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