** Borscht Belt

** "Jewish Alps" is a term for the summer resort hotels of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York.  A popular vacation spot from the 1920's - 1970's serving  3 sumptuous meals a day, Simon Sez, sports, dancing, romancing & comedy talent.  And, they served Matzo Ball Soup & cold Borscht!

I don't want to beet around the bush - but Russians do have a sense of humor.  And, one of those jokesters just climbed up on stage...

"And now, straight from "The Kiev Kiosk" - here's the top female comic in the USSR - Buffy Korsekov"!

You guessed it - my comedy idols are the Marx Brothers - Groucho & Karlo!


I don't need this you know - I could go home & clean...Missiles!

You know, Russia is cold - but, it's a dry cold!

It's so cold - babies are born with an electrical cord!

I'm not kidding - it's so cold we wear mittens in foreplay!

Our blankets have 2 Settings - 3 Dog Night & Olga!

I see I found the level of this crowd!

In Russia, we have magazine just like Cosmopolitan with catchy subtitles on the cover:

"The Ugly Flat Stomach...how to get rid of it forever"!

"Fat Cells - the gift that keeps on giving"!

And, "You're Not Just Getting Better...you're getting bigger"!

Sit down, Mom!

What do I think of Mrs. Trump? Ha...I've seen more meat in broth!

My last gig was "The Mike Flynn Lifetime Achievement Dinner" - no caviar...Turkey on a Ritz!

This is a tough crowd!

I dated the 2 Sergei's after they visited the White House & both said the same thing. "Great acoustics & sound levels"!

Don't laugh - that's normal Pillow Talk in Russia!

But Ambassador Kislyak was bored & said, "Spying is too easy these days - Trump showed me the frigin' key under the mat to let myself in"!

Do I think Trump was in cahoots with Putin - ha.  Mrs. Putin hasn't seen his cahoots in years!

Just kidding - I was doing this entire routine phonetically & wouldn't know a cahoot from a back channel!

Start the car, Igor!

Folks - catch me next week at "The Beluga Bathhouse" - first 10 tickets get Golden Showers!

I've been great - thank you very much!

That's better!

Happy to say this can also be seen in "Humor Times Magazine" but with more Hecklers!


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Comment by marilyn sands on August 13, 2017 at 3:21pm

Thanks so much Rodney!  ha ha Yes, Henny Youngman's one liners were & still are classics!

Comment by marilyn sands on August 13, 2017 at 3:27pm

Yes, Kosh - I went to the Nevele too - row boating on the lake, Tummlers at the pool playing games & dance lessons.  Kuchalein is a word my late husband used as that's what his Jersey family did.  Families would stay a week & cook & the fathers would join them for the weekends.  I imagine they MIGHT - if they had the money - go see a show.

Comment by marilyn sands on August 13, 2017 at 3:29pm

Thanks for stopping by J.P.  a little risqué "Leave it to Beaver" comedy.

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 13, 2017 at 10:49pm

Marilyn, what was the fate of all of those hotels?  There were a LOT according to this link:

In the days before air conditioning motels and hotels drew visitors in the Ozarks and Ouachitas in Arkansas.  It was only a few degrees cooler, but ;laces like the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs once did a booming business and then closed.  Hot Springs had wide open, illegal, casinos as well as hot mineral springs, and there were entertainers of all types.

I wasn't really aware of the Borscht Belt before you posted this, but my wife (who even today amazes me by the breadth of her arcane knowledge) knew all about it.  

Stand up comics were not part of the entertainment, but story tellers like Brother Dave Gardner were.

Comment by marilyn sands on August 13, 2017 at 11:30pm

Rodney - there are stories & photos of the remains of these hotels on-line - but, I like to think of them "The Way They Were" in their heyday.  I have comedy favorites from every decade - Laurel & Hardy, Moms Mabley, Red Buttons, Billy Crystal, Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett, Ballentine, Larry David, Bob Hope, Benny Hill, Woody Allen, David Letterman, Richard Pryor, Richard Lewis - even Will Rogers.  And, that's just my 1st list.  I just love comics, period.


Comment by koshersalaami on August 14, 2017 at 4:15am

If you're a certain age and you're in comedy, you worked the Borscht Belt. Same with singers..A lot of guys get their start there, like Danny Kaye. Even Sinatra played it. Like you said about a few degrees cooler, a whole lot of the New York Jewish community spent summers up there, and the New York Jewish community at the time was larger than the Jewish population of Israel. 

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 14, 2017 at 5:30am

Thanks, kosh, for the perspective. It's interesting how these things evolve.  We rented a condo at Wrightsville Beach near Wilmington, NC and almost every car in the parking lot belonged to an Italian family from New Jersey.  Not the same, I know.  I'm sure for those who were kids during the height of the Borscht Belt there are great memories.

Comment by marilyn sands on August 15, 2017 at 9:52pm

Thanks Rodney - you made me #1!  I may celebrate with a bottle of day old Manischewitz!  ha ha

Comment by Rodney Roe on August 16, 2017 at 3:10am

Mozel Tov :-)

Comment by koshersalaami on August 16, 2017 at 4:31am

That's Mazel

I didn't know Wrightsville Beach was Italian

When I lived in Greensboro, we mainly went to Oak Island. When we lived in the D.C. Area way before that, we mainly went to Whalehead, just south of Corolla and north of Duck. 


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