In other words, in the framework of the anecdote and the shtick, the best thing about a good shtick is that like a hawker in the marketplace you can dish it out to people like a tasty morsel of yourself.
-- Gail Hareven, The Confessions of Noa Weber, 2009
I don't want to be American, that's your shtick, not mine.
-- Linda Grant, We Had It So Good, 2011
Shtick comes from the Yiddish shtik meaning "pranks." It entered English in the 1950s.