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Drew Friedman’s Portraits Of Jewish Comedians At Society Of Illustrators Show In New York

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The Society of Illustrators has just opened a show in New York entitled “Old Jewish Comedians.” The show features art work from a series of three books, first published between 2006 and 2011, by the famous illustrator Drew Friedman, which celebrate some of the greatest, and also some of the more obscure, Jewish funny guys of the twentieth century.

According to the gallery this represents the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork ever given a gallery showing, containing over 110 illustrations and including many of his early rough sketches as well as the ultimate finished portraits.

Drew Friedman, who is 55, is an American cartoonist and illustrator. His careful detailing, and almost photographic lampoons of famous Hollywood stars, have long been the stuff of legend as masterpieces of comic portraiture.

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The show runs to May 7th, 2014 at the Society of Illustrators, located at 128 East 63rd Street in New York City. The Marx Brothers, the Three Stooges, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis and many others are all represented with sympathetic caricatures.

Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in many different settings; including Art Spiegelman’s Raw, R. Crumb’s Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, among many others, as well as on numerous book covers.

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Drew Friedman is the son of the novelist and scriptwriter Bruce Jay Friedman. Drew, and his brother Josh Allan, grew up in the heart of Manhattan in New York. Drew attended New York’s School of Visual Arts from 1978 to 1981. He already had a monthly cartoon in Spy magazine by the late seventies, and his work has since appeared widely, including in MAD Magazine. Drew’s brother Josh Friedman wrote columns for Screw Magazine, which were collected as the “Tales of Times Square.”

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Friedman won the National Cartoonists Society’s Newspaper Illustration Award for 2000, and was nominated again in 2002 and 2007. That organization also awarded Friedman their Magazine Illustration Award for 2000.

Friedman today lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife and frequent collaborator K. Bidus and their two champion beagles.

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From top: Milton Berle, Abe Vigodah, Jerry Lewis,  Richard Belze with his dog and Sophie Tucker

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