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The Catskills Were, Like, A Thing
Some people saw the multi-episode arc in the Catskills as a waste of time or a career move that didn’t make any sense. This point of view is something I believe Lenny would call goyish (although, again, someone please explain that joke to me). The “Borscht Belt” came from a time when anti-Semitism was high in America and many hotels outside of New York City (which felt like the pit of Hades in the middle of summer before air conditioning was invented) wouldn’t allow Jewish people to rent rooms. So, Jewish New Yorkers bought a bunch of hotels in a part of the Catskills called “The Borscht Belt” and that is where much of the Jewish community vacationed for a month in the summer. It was also a place where many, many comedians performed to large crowds. The Catskills were a very important place in the 1950s both for the Jewish community and comedians.