Few comedians have second and third careers. If they have their acts down pat and audiences love them, why change? Buster Keaton stuck to what he knew, as did Jack Benny, Joan Rivers, Jerry Seinfeld … well, you can make your own list.

David Steinberg is an exception, since not only did he enjoy a brilliant career as a comedian, but he also branched out into successful careers as director, interviewer, and writer. His latest book, Inside Comedy, is an astute and entertaining reflection on who and what has made people laugh over the past 50 years. And to think he could have also been a rabbi!