Shani R. Friedman

Legendary Laughs

If you’re a devotee of old-school comics of the Hebraic persuasion, Milton Berle, Jack Benny and the Marx Brothers might come to mind when you think of comedy lengeds. For those whose tastes run to the lesser known or to the slightly more obscure, the list might include Benny Rubin, Menasha Skulnik and Joe Smith. Either way, the new book “Old Jewish Comedians,” a collection of nearly three-dozen black-and-white and color portraits by Reuben Award-winning cartoonist Drew Friedman, will have casual fans and serious collectors plotzing with joy over these greats of a bygone era.