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Shaun Eli Breidbart

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Jews are 2% of the U.S. population. We’re only 0.2% of the world population. And yet approximately 20% of Nobel prize-winners have at least one Jewish parent. Perhaps it’s our culture’s emphasis on education, especially science and medicine.

We’re even more over-represented in comedy.

From the Marx Brothers to the Three Stooges, from George Burns and Sid Caesar to Mel Brooks, and from Woody Allen to Joan Rivers and Jerry Seinfeld, Jews dominate the comedy industry. Even the most famous comedian in France, Gad Elmaleh – who’s also a movie star there – is Jewish.

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