The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (102): The Jewish Old Man River

The Slipped Disc daily comfort zone (102): The Jewish Old Man River


norman lebrecht

June 25, 2020

This is Stan Daniels, former writer/director of the Mary Tyler Moore Show.


  • buxtehude says:

    If only he’d been around when they were casting Showboat for the first time. Popular music might have taken a different turn…

  • Larry says:

    Norman: Is this your idea of humor? Is this how you provide us with “swift and reliable inside information on the most fascinating of art forms?” I find this to be in poor taste, on so many levels. And I say that as a Jew.

    • stanley cohen says:

      Nedd Sherrin said that explaining a joke is like dissecting a frog and at the end the frog dies, and nobody laughs. Sorry, Larry, Ich bi eine von inzere auch.

      • Larry says:

        I forgot to mention that I recently had a “humor-ectomy.” No wonder I didn’t get the joke. It makes perfect sense to show a picture of Paul Robeson, then post a video with someone parodying him and the song with a phony Yiddish accent. It makes even more sense considering the current racial situation around the world. My bad.

        Stanley, it’s a “shonda” for the “goyim.”

  • E. says:

    Terrific. I love the rise on the last note.

  • Nick says:

    Exceptionally brilliant!!

  • Gerry says:

    Gee, a Jewish comic making fun of a song that depicts the Black pain of cotton workers, that was used as part of a musical now widely considered racist. What could possibly be wrong here?