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borscht belt

The resort area of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York once predominately patronized by American Jews. Borscht is a type of soup that originated in Eastern Europe. A lot of Jewish comedians got their start playing the Borscht Belt in upstate New York.
See also: belt
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The Rise and Fall of the Borscht Belt, produced and directed by Peter Davis, chronicles the history of this unique corner of American popular culture.
These Borscht Belt characters are perhaps a little too broad, but they're charming in their cluelessness.
He had the Borscht belt sexism and made it modern-day: "There are no women in the beat generation," he said, "just girls who have broken with their parents for the evening.
At such moments, he could be Myron Cohen in some borscht belt deconstruction of Heart of Darkness.
Lipschultz, a borscht belt throwback who doesn't get the students at all, says things like "that's because you're black and I'm a Jew," and even sings "If I Were a Rich Man" at a school charity event.
A few years after that I learned for a fact that crows have a well-developed Borscht Belt sense of humor, even though the ones I observed around our house lived in Greene, not Sullivan, county.
In her, Broner, who has written extensively on Judaism, melds Spinoza and borscht belt.
That he is able to bring as much out of Anything Goes and the Borscht Belt comedy of Jackie Mason as he is from Mamet and Fo is a testament to his remarkable eloquence.
It was 1984, the Berlin Wall fell, Chinese demonstrators were massacred in Tiananmen Square, Samuel Beckett, Laurence Olivier and Lucille Ball died, "Don't Worry, Be Happy" won record of the year, the first World Wide Web server was developed - and 35 theatre artists led by Ron Marquette in New York City moved to Ellenville, NY in the old Borscht Belt hotel region when the vacant, art-deco Shadowland Theatre building was made available to the group as a home base.
The "school" in "When Comedy Went to School" refers to the Borscht Belt, a boot camp where comedians honed their craft without fear of failure.
A decline in rail service from Manhattan and an increase in air travel meant that by the mid-1990s, the Borscht Belt was little more than a ghost of its former glory.
By the time the film came out, Tamiment was a memory, as indeed was much of the Borscht Belt.
of Cincinnati) discusses the impact on an area emblematic of Americans' attitudes toward wilderness of New York City's water supply demands and tourism (winter sports, Borscht Belt resorts).