For many, it's hard to imagine the violence playing out now in Odessa — the charming port city on the Black Sea is known for its literature, arts, and perhaps above all else, humor. It's especially hard for The World's reporter Jason Margolis.
If you have ever watched Sid Caeser's standup, you might not understand a word but you certainly will laugh. The comedian was the master of double talk, mimicking the intonations of a language but not really speaking it.
Travel to Africa and you just might hear someone talking at schmucks, or schmoozing. Yiddish, the language associated with eastern Europe's Jewish population, has gone international, in an unlikely way: through America's TV shows — exported to the world.
Mel Brooks still writes comedy, but his main business is collecting awards. He's an "EGOT," one of only a dozen or so people to win an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony, and he's had no trouble settling into a stream of never-ending accolades,
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