Books: The darkest of humor

Legendary Israeli writer David Grossman takes on something new in his tale of a stand-up comedian.

By ELAINE MARGOLIN
March 2, 2017 16:46
A theater stage

A theater stage. (photo credit: MOHAMMAD JANGDA/FLICKR)

 
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David Grossman understands deep in his gut that standup comedy can be a deadly serious business, a form of prayer perhaps disguised as secular prose.

Usually, there are countless silly jokes, vulgarities, and the unrelenting tension of a funny-looking man sweating profusely under a harsh spotlight while speaking into a distorted mic. But ultimately, the comic is asking for the same things someone who prays is. He wants mercy, repentance, forgiveness, acceptance and perhaps an outlet for the rage and confusion that overwhelm him.

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