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Personal Histories

  1. The Greatest Joke Ever“You know my favorite. It’s your favorite too,” my Bubbe said to me with the same rascally grin she had when she first told me our favorite […]
  2. Laughing at a Funeral: Confronting Grief with HumorI had my first good laugh only a day after my father-in-law died. Gary’s alcoholism had blown apart everything good around him, including his […]
  3. What It’s Like Getting Hired - and Fired - by ‘SNL’It was late summer, 1982, and I was driving down Lake Shore Drive in Chicago with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. I turned to her and said, “This must be […]
  4. The King of ‘The King of Comedy’It is the year 2000. I have moved into my grandparents’ basement in Roswell, New Mexico, and am pecking out a skin-peelingly bad novel. I am 23 […]