Fifty years ago in the summer of 1963, Chicago-born Allan Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” was the worldwide hit that marked the peak of Sherman’s extraordinary fame. On Memorial Day evening, May 27, at 7pm, Max and Benny’s has a very special treat for you as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that memorable song by having as our speaking guest Mark Cohen, the author of Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman.
Overweight Sensation is the first biography of the “My Son” song parodist whose Jewish comedy proved what today we take for granted: that ethnic Jewish humor is not “too Jewish” and can in fact succeed with a broad American audience. Author Mark Cohen will discuss Sherman’s life, play recordings on Sherman’s famous and great Jewish song parodies and also play lost recordings of Sherman singing his parodies of Broadway musicals including “Seventy-Six Sol Cohens,” “When You Walk Through the Bronx,” and “There is Nothing Like a Lox.”
This will be Mr. Cohen’s only appearance in the Chicago area. The event is free. If you need any additional information please contact Richard Reeder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-542-4624.