borscht belt

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(informal) a resort area in the Catskill Mountains of New York that was patronized primarily by Jewish guests

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In her entertaining chapter on the Borscht Belt, Nahshon cites Mel Brooks's experience as a lowly "pool tummler.
Jon Stewart: It may be true that the Hebrew prophets used humor in that regard, but it was also used by Borscht Belt social directors.
When I looked for Robbins' "Bottle Dance" from the wedding scene in Fiddler on the Roof, I found the wonderful movie version, the equally wonderful cast of the 2004 revival performing it at the Tony Awards and, amazingly--since Robbins based the number on a borscht belt routine, not on folk traditions--several home-shot versions from actual Jewish weddings.
Sullivan County, which was home to many of the so-called Borscht Belt resorts, has lakes, rivers and farms, though not many downhill ski slopes.
Known in the nineteenth century for its hot springs and wealthy summer residents (the Vanderbilts, the Roosevelts, and Oscar Wilde among them), and for catering to affluent New York Jews in the twentieth, the village now resembles little more than a pit stop on the Borscht Belt nostalgia tour.
Polak's impeccable delivery makes it sound like he just got back from the Borscht Belt.
The root of the word "belt" probably does not originate from the Borscht Belt, that concentration of hotels in the Catskill Mountains of New York State, however charming that derivation would be.
With Jackie Mason's Famous Broadway Cheesecake, you get not only a dairy- and cholesterol-free dessert that's Kosher-Parve, but several samples of the comedian's timeless Borscht Belt humor.
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE BORSCHT BELT (1987) Peter Davis, director
Perhaps my favorite poem In the collection is "Hearing News from the Temple Mount in Salt Lake City," in which Osherow addresses the difficulty of Jewish exile and faith, using a voice that combines Borscht Belt humor with Biblical narrative:
Lansky's efforts are described anecdotally as his quest takes him all over the world from Boston, the Bronx and the Borscht Belt to the Baltics and beyond, wherever large communities of Jews once resided.
Woody refurbishes some of his old Borscht Belt jokes while playing card tricks for the Lyman family, "I was of the Hebrew persuasion," he tells them, "but converted to narcissism.
If you start to tell it as some kind of Borscht Belt gag .
Edwards's gestures are an exaggerated parody of Borscht Belt shtick and he speaks in a comic "Stage Jewish" accent.
The Brooklyn-born son of Russian immigrants was one of the so-called Borscht Belt comics who in trademark acerbic delivery, cigar in hand, would gripe about the trials of everyday life.