April 26, 1898 – December 8, 1936
Have you ever wondered where English-language Jewish humor originated? Alright, maybe you haven't wondered, but that's what we are here for.
Today, few remember David Freedman, but in the 1920s, he was king of the gag. When radio started to take over for vaudeville, Freedman was at the forefront, spinning one-liners left and right. All the stereotypes were there: the overbearing mother, the shrill wife, the too-clever-for-his-own-good husband...
Freedman's first novel, "Mendel Marantz", was a success. He wrote best-selling biographies, he wrote movie scripts, he wrote for Broadway, he was even nominated for a Pulitzer. Today? Good luck getting your hands on a copy of Marantz. Good luck finding anyone who knows of Freedman.
Hopefully, this profile changes that. We're certainly glad we wondered...
May 8, 2013