borsht 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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Comedians like Milton Berle took the moral mensch along as they made the move from the Borsht Belt to Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s, and the word seeped into the American mainstream.
Tonight you'll learn that I had a three season career as a stand-up comedian in Chicago's version of the Borsht belt.
The 12-minute loop loosely resembles a 1950s Borsht Belt standup routine by a ring-in comic or illusionist, but given the surrounding dark gray floor and white walls, all the action seems to be taking place in an institution--whether modernist white cube or local insane asylum, take your pick--rather than a secluded resort in upstate New York where (surprise, surprise) this piece had its debut.
Ach," he says, assuming a Borsht Belt comic's accent, "it's all vaudeville.
Creating a link between Post-World War II, Borsht Belt stand-up comedy and contemporary Jewish stand-up comedy, Donald Weber, in the most historicized essay in this collection, argues that Jewish stand-up comedy has significantly changed over the last thirty to forty years from embodying an antagonistic, self-hating relationship to Jewishness to engaging a more positive and affirmative attitude toward Jewishness.