For those of you who are unfamiliar with them, Nichols and May were an improvisational comedy team back in the 1950s and 60s. In their early years they played clubs in Chicago, where they met, and became famous for their incisive sketches regarding miscommunication between people. Some of their most famous sketches involved family members communicating (or trying to) with each other.
By Harlan Garbell
For me, the funniest, and yet most discomforting, of these sketches was the mother who is calling her son, the first Jewish president of the United States.