Rise and fall of Catskill comedians
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Rise and fall of Catskill comedians

Mort Segal (Courtesy JSHNJ)
Mort Segal (Courtesy JSHNJ)

The Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey offers a livestreamed presentation, “The Rise & Fall of the Catskills and the Comedians Who Made Them Famous: A (hilarious) presentation by Mort Segal.” The program, set for Sunday, March 27, at 7 p.m., will showcase the history of the Jewish comedians who performed at the hotels in the Catskills. The program is part of the JHSNJ’s virtual Rooted in North Jersey Speaker Series.

Mort Segal grew up in the Catskills hotels, starting as a busboy and growing up to work for his father, booking agent Jack Segal, in what became the largest talent agency in the Catskills. Mort’s first-hand account of comic legends Buddy Hackett, Joan Rivers, and many other stars of English and Yiddish vaudeville, stage and screen aims to keep everyone laughing.

The JHSNJ program is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Reservations are due by March 25 to Debbie Grossman at debrag@jhsnnj.org or by calling the JHSNJ office at (201) 300-6590. Zoom information will be provided at registration.

There is no admission charge, but all donations are welcome. Go to jhsnj.wordpress.com to donate through PayPal or send checks made out to JHSNJ to 17-10 River Road, Suite 3A, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410.

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