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The Ever-Dying Art Of Jewish Humor
The Jewish Week ^ | Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | Gary Rosenblatt

Posted on 05/12/2012 7:48:30 PM PDT by nickcarraway

OK, so there are these three guys in the hospital, and they’re very bad off, and the doctor is making the rounds. He goes over to the first patient, a Catholic, and explains that there’s nothing more he can do medically for him and asks him his last wish.

“I’d like to see a priest and make a confession,” the man says.

The doctor says fine, and moves on to the next patient, a Protestant. And when the doctor asks him his last wish, the poor guy says, “I’d like to see my family and say good-bye.”

So the doctor says OK, and comes over to the third patient, an elderly Jewish man.

“And what is your last wish?” the doctor asks.

“My last wish,” the old man whispers, “is to see another doctor.”

Funny? Well, according to some sophisticated research, the odds are you thought so — or at least there was a time when Jewish readers would have thought so. In a survey by Psychology Today, Jews among the 14,000 readers who sampled 30 jokes rated this classic joke higher than non-Jews.

But that was more than three decades ago, and it’s reasonable to wonder if things have changed. After all, the Golden Era of Jewish Comedy, marked by scores of Borscht Belt “tummlers” who went on to national fame, including Sid Caesar, Danny Kaye and Red Buttons, are gone or have faded from the scene. Who under 35 would remember Lou Goldstein, the Grossingers fixture who made “Simon Says” his own act? (“Simon says jump up…Come down.”) He died earlier this month at 90. And how could Generation Xers or Yers appreciate the nostalgic sadness over the recent fire that destroyed the former Browns Hotel, one of the last vestiges of the Catskill Resorts that spawned generations of comics?

Jewish humor has always been easier to enjoy than define. Bill Novak and Moshe Waldoks, in their classic “Big Book of Jewish Humor,” characterized the genre as “anti-authoritarian in tone, mocking pomposity, grandiosity and self-indulgence.” Our brand of ethnic humor is also known for a sense of superiority, with the little guy outsmarting everyone else, a kind of defense mechanism to ward off aggression and hostility.

But American Jews are far less insecure these days, with little to be worried about in terms of acceptance by the majority society. Once banned from Ivy League colleges, Jews now note with pride that most of those universities have, or in recent years have had, Jewish presidents.

So without all that angst is there still an audience for jokes about Jewish mothers (and mothers-in-law), rabbis and priests, food, doctors, elusive sex, unhappy spouses, getting old and dying?

Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman can prove there is. After long enjoying his father’s stories and jokes, Hoffman, now in his mid-40s, got a group of 20 of his father’s friends and relatives to come to an abandoned storefront in his hometown of Highland Park, N.J., several years ago and tell some of their “good stories” in front of his camera. Spiegelman, a native of Los Angeles, did the same there. The result was a website called, simply, Old Jews Telling Jokes, which has had millions of page views. Then came a book (same name) two years ago, a DVD, and next week previews of an Off-Broadway play (same name) co-created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, and based on the website, will begin at the Westside Theater, reinventing classic jokes and adding a few songs.

Hoffman describes the jokes on the website as “time capsules, revealing the fears and anxieties and celebrating the joys of all aspects of life.” A lot more about the anxieties than the joys, from the ones I’ve heard, and definitely not for the prudish.

There’s something especially funny, though, about hearing a wide variety of everyday bubbes and zaides — all Jewish and over 60 — with a sprinkling of celebrities like former New York Mayor Ed Koch and former New York Times public editor Okrent, telling jokes that would make a stripper blush.

Hoffman says that about a quarter of the visitors to are under 35. “For them it’s comfort food,” he told New York magazine several years ago. “It’s a visit with Uncle Steve, who isn’t around anymore. And it channels an element of the culture that isn’t religion but still makes them feel connected.”

Max Weisberg, a 65-year-old insurance salesman in Phoenix, is one of the many gifted storytellers who appear on the site. He says his adult children think he’s funny but not his humor, and he worries about the generation gap.

“How do I translate to them ‘hock mir nisht kayn chynek’ [literally, Yiddish for ‘don’t knock me a tea kettle,’ but essentially, ‘don’t bother me’]?

“Jewish humor? I think it will disappear. But I hope not,” he says, adding, “All the guys that are dead I used to love.”

Al Kustanowitz, 72, of Fairlawn, N.J., is more optimistic. A 36-year-veteran of IBM, he now spends an average of an hour a day updating a popular website he launched from home in 2009, a labor of love called Jewish Humor Central (, which features an entertaining mix of jokes, odd news items (“Gaza Zoo Adds Stuffed Animals”), music, new comedy videos and clips from classic routines.

As “blogger-in-chief,” he says he has written close to 800 blog posts, and admits “it’s getting harder to find clean material” to use on the site. (He includes a warning if a video has language “from the George Carlin list” of seven words you can never say on TV.)

Kustanowitz says his muse was his late wife, Shuly, who served as his “gentle censor.” Now he often runs material by his daughter, Esther, a prolific blogger and Jewish culture queen in her own right. (“The tree doesn’t fall far from the fruits,” Al jokes of his own talent.)

For some 25 years he published a family newsletter with funny news items around Purim time each year, noting that “you can’t make this stuff up.” Over time he sent it out to hundreds of family members and friends, but he abandoned the print edition now that his website has about 2,300 subscribers.

Besides, he says, “I started the blog because I couldn’t wait until Purim.”

Based on his success, Kustanowitz now offers a series of one-hour lectures. His talks include video clips and commentary, with more than two dozen topics to choose from.

“I don’t worry about theories” about Jewish humor and its sociological implications, he says.

“These jokes last forever.”

TOPICS: History; Humor
KEYWORDS: comedy; humor; jewish

1 posted on 05/12/2012 7:48:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
"My grandfather always said, “Don’t watch your money; watch your health.” So one day while I was watching my health, someone stole my money. It was my grandfather."

"Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe."

"Politics doesn't make strange bedfellows, marriage does."

" I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something."

-Jackie Mason

2 posted on 05/12/2012 8:02:07 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think kids won’t know how to do that accent! When I was little here in LA so many Jewish people had that old NY accent, with a little Yiddish in their speech. Now that generation is quite old. The accent is going and it’s sad.

Ya gotta do the accent to do the jokes. The funniest ones are a little off color. Here’s an example.

Morty was retired and finally made it to Florida. Walking along a deserted beach early one morning, he discovers a lamp in the sand. He gets out his old hanky and rubs it clean. Lo and behold, who should come out but a (all say it together) genie! The genie is thrilled to be let out f the lamp and grants Morty one wish. “Anything you want. Anything at all.”

Morty reaches into his pocket and pulls out a creased piece of paper. “Genie, this is a map of the Holy Land. Look here at little Israel, surrounded by her enemies, always living in war and fear. I’d love for you to give peace to the Holy Land.”.

The genie says, “Kind sir, my powers are great, but that wish... That wish is just too difficult for me. Is there anything at all else you might desire?”

Morty thinks. Finally he says, “You know, genie? My marriage has always been good but there is this one intimate act my wife has never done for me, you know the one. I’d like to sample that before I die.”

The genie says, “Lemme see that map again.”

3 posted on 05/12/2012 8:07:31 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: nickcarraway

Google “Old Jews Telling Jokes” - there are some guys filming them for posterity.

4 posted on 05/12/2012 8:09:15 PM PDT by Gman (Anglican Priest)
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To: nickcarraway

I remember the Ed Sullivan show used to be a great vehicle for a lot of those kinds of comics. It appears the old variety shows and that kind of humor have gone the same way. And reading “The Joys Of Yiddish” by Leo Rosten which was a great repository for that kind of humor. Oy Vey!!

5 posted on 05/12/2012 8:16:18 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: nickcarraway; PJ-Comix
the Golden Era of Jewish Comedy

I grew up on that stuff. Love it. I grew up in the most Jewish neighborhood in the city of Chicago in the '50s and '60s. Jewish comedians and comedy writers were all over TV. They formed my sense of humor.

6 posted on 05/12/2012 8:18:18 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Gentile with a Jewish sense of humor)
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To: nickcarraway

>>My last wish,” the old man whispers, “is to see another doctor.”

That joke was told by Albert Brooks on the 70s album A Star Is Bought. “Blues king...Albert King” plays guitar and talks with Albert Brooks as he tells it: “The Englishman, German, and Jew Blues”. The Englishman’s last wish, after the three of them are exposed to radiation (”now, radiation can kill ya.
It’s like, it’s like eating a TV set”) is to see the White Cliffs of Dover again; the German, to spend his last days getting drunk at the great beer halls of Munich and listening to music.

The Jew: “Well, to tell you the truth, if I had one last wish, I wish to see another doctor!”

7 posted on 05/12/2012 8:24:34 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: nickcarraway

I was just thinking of this like two days ago! So true.

There used to be so many good Jewish comics in the old days, before my time, but they played the Poconos and whatnot, learning their trade, NY Jewish accents, and they could really really make one laugh.

A dying breed and that is sad. Glad you put up this article.

8 posted on 05/12/2012 8:34:38 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: nickcarraway

Get the Wadok’s book on Jewish humor. You’ll like it.

Now, the type of Jewish humor known as “Borscht Belt” (i.e. the Jewish mountain resorts in the Catskill Mountains and a second tier in some other mountainous resort areas in New York, were the place that young comics could try out their “shtick” (comedy routine and embellishments).If they were successful, it was often the key to New York and Hollywood.

{I went to Shawanga Lodge in 1961, owned by an Israeli couple named the Dans, and ended up fixing up their daughter Stefanie with a good friend of mine at Temple Un., about 3 years later. They got married, bless them. It was a good week, and a little like “Dirty Dancing” without the dirty dancing}

The best place to find partially hidden Jewish humor is in any Mel Brooks comedy, esp. “Blazing Saddles” and “The History of the World” series (some in “Young Frankenstein” too). It was also carried out brilliantly in the writing for these movies, as well as in the acting, esp. by the late Madelaine Kahn, Marty Feldman, Gene Wilder and Terri Gar, aided and abetted by the hilarious Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Kenneth Marrs, and Clevon Little, to name a few.

In the older film, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World”, you had the cream of the second crop of Jewish comedians/actors, including Peter Falk.

A third wave of Jewish humorists and comedians came about because of TV, featuring old timers like Burns and Allen, the Three Stooges, Myron Cohen, Mollie Goldberg, and Jack Benny. THey spanned the periods from vaudeville to the USO shows of WW2 to the Ed Sullivan Show, and then their own shows.

A fourth wave came about with the rise of TV shows who featured up and coming comedians, some Jewish, some not. These included Billy Crystal, Robin Williams, Drew Carey, Rita Rudner, Roseanne Barr, etc. Of these, at least Crystal, Rudner and Barr are Jewish (but we’re not sure what Barr is today other than meshugana (crazy).

And the last major wave that I can think of that had a major effect on humor was “Seinfeld”, the show about nothing. Three of the four leads were Jewish - Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Julia L. Dreyfuss.

There are other comedians out there, but the groups I have mentioned represent the changing history of Jewish humor, from the early days of talking movies and radio to HBO specials and mainstream TV shows.

If you want to understand at least some of the philosophy behind the new American Jewish humor, read two books, “The Education of Hyman Kaplan” and “Harry Golden’s “Enjoy, Enjoy”. They are period pieces written as humor, but they show how early Jewish humor evolved from the early 20th Century immigrant humor to the becoming-Americans adaptation phase, and then, as Wadoks did in his book, it became more inclusive from the Old World to the New, and I think we are better for it.

Now, if you want some good Jewish (and even non-Jewish) Russian emigrant humor, you’ll have to listen to Yakov Smirnoff. His early routines are priceless and hilarious, esp. his observation that “You Americans are so lucky. You even have “Freedom” in a box, naively referring to “Freedom Maxi-Pads”. Plus his delirious act of putting a stickem MaxiPad on his head and saying, “See, you can even put Freedom on your head”. Is America great or what?”

Russian emigre joke (1970’s)I learned from a friend:

Ivan is walking down the streets of Moscow when he sees Igor coming towards him, with two rolls of toilet paper under his arms.

Ivan excitedly greeted him and asked, “Igor, I haven’t seen toilet paper for months. Where did you get yours”?

Igor: “I just came back from the cleaners”.


True story: A friend of mine, once Soviet Army Major Avram (Abraham) Shifrin, spent some R&R time in the KGB’s infamous Lubyanka Prison in Moscow, before being shipped to various slave labor/death camps along the TransSiberian Railroad system from Potma to Lake Baikal.

He was continually moved from prison to prison, thus ending up with a variety of Soviet political prisoners of every type - ethnic, religious, political.

He used to tell us, and Congress, that the only place you could find “freedom” in the Soviet Union was in the prison camps “because everyone was there. There was no discrimination”.

My own attempt at Jewish humor (which is always borrowed from someone else): “Ten Jews, eleven synagogues”.

“My grandmother’s matzoh balls were so hard that if you dropped one on your foot, it would break it” (TRUE).

There’s a joke about old Mrs. Schwartz and her shual’s rabbi
which is worth a laugh or two:

There was a somewhat poor synagogue out in the middle of the American hinterland. They were ashamed that they couldn’t pay their rabbi a really decent salary so at a congregational meeting, each person was asked to volunteer some serve or goods to help improve the rabbi’s life.
One after another, people stood up and offered to do this.

The shoemaker offered to repair his shoes and make him one new pair for the year. The painter offered to paint his house. And on it went throughout the small gathering.

Finally they came to 75 year-old Mrs. Schwartz. When it was her turn to offer something for the rabbi, she said with a straight face, “Sex”. After the laughing stopped a few minutes later, someone asked her how she arrived at that, to which she replied.

“Vell, I told my husband that the shual wanted all of us to donate something to the rabbi, and he said, “Screw the rabbi.”

So here I am.


9 posted on 05/12/2012 8:44:00 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: driftless2

I am of an ethnic group that historically didn’t exactly get along with Jews, yet I find the humor very similar between them.

My favorite: A very, very old couple goes in to to a divorce lawyer’s office. The lawyer explains to them that it isn’t very difficult to get divorced these days. He asks them, how old they are. The husband tells him that he is 94 and his wife is 92. The lawyer asks them why, at this stage of their lives, did they want to get divorced. The wife tells him, “We were waiting for the children to die”.

10 posted on 05/12/2012 8:53:35 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Beowulf9

I remember the Ed Sullivan show with great fondness. The family would watch it together on Sunday nites. Molly Picon was a regular and there was an Italian mouse called Topo Gigio. Another show I loved was Car 54, where are you, which I understand now was basically Jewish comedians doing New York style comedy, but when I watched it as a kid the ethnic component meant nothing to me, I just thought it was a funny show.

11 posted on 05/12/2012 8:55:42 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

“Screw the rabbi.”


12 posted on 05/12/2012 8:59:03 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: nickcarraway

Myron Cohen was always my favorite. He worked most of his life in the garment industry; when he retired he, at the insistence of friends, visited a comedy club, and became an instant success. Unlike Belle Barth, his humor was soft and kind; his mind stayed far from the gutter.

As a new Cleveland-based airline pilot in the late ‘70s, I recognized him getting on our airplane early one morning. He had performed downtown the night before. I told the flight attendants who he was. The flight didn’t have many passengers on board; by the time we landed they had been huddled around and fussing over him for nearly two hours. After our arrival, he was the last to leave, and exited the airplane arm-in-arm with two of them - off for coffee and a Danish.

13 posted on 05/12/2012 9:05:15 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: driftless2

“And reading “The Joys Of Yiddish” by Leo Rosten which was a great repository for that kind of humor. Oy Vey!!”

The Education of Hyman Kaplan is hilarious.

14 posted on 05/12/2012 9:11:29 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Yaelle
15 posted on 05/12/2012 9:12:50 PM PDT by saywhatagain
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To: nickcarraway
Joys of Yiddish

Hooray For Yiddish

Leo Rosten. Incredible talent. These are wonderful books for just enjoying the wit of Yiddish.

16 posted on 05/12/2012 9:16:23 PM PDT by redhead (Alaska: Step out of the bus and into the food chain.)
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To: nickcarraway

My friends wife is Jewish. Her mother was named ‘Goldie’ and she was quick witted with that inherent jewish style humor. Some of it was downright corny and kooky but made you laugh with just the delivery.

17 posted on 05/12/2012 9:21:48 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: nickcarraway

This is a for real story. Years ago I worked in a psychiatric center and there were two patients talking to each other. One a younger minority and the other an older jewish man. The younger guy rushes up to the jewish man and fakes like he’s a mugger and says, “you’re money or your life’? The old jewish guy looks up and replies, “I ain’t got neither”.

I LMAO to this day over that one.

18 posted on 05/12/2012 9:28:28 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

I have a friend who converted to Judaism from Catholicism.

She use to wear fake jewelry and have real orgasms.

Now she has fake orgasms and real jewelry....

19 posted on 05/12/2012 9:33:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: tflabo

You just reminded me that Goldie Hawk is Jewish, as is Chevy Chase. Ben and Jerry Stiller (Seinfeld).

Andrew Dice Clay. Get him rolling on his old stuff and he’s have you rolling in the aisles. Gilbert Gottfried in “Ford Fairlane” was pretty funny, if not noisy.

Jon Lovitz is performing up the street from me right now. Loved him in “League of Their Own”. He got away with one of the funniest lines ever in movies when he told Tom Hanks and the women players (Gina Davis, etc), that he was tired and going home for dinner, a cigar and to “pickle his wife”.

Can’t forget Don “HockeyPuck” Rickles, Joey Bishop, Jack E. Leonard, Sheckie Green, Shelley Berman, Phil Silvers, Alan Sherman (”Hello Mother, Hello Father”), Sid Caesar and gang, Jerry Lewis (saw him do a great show eventhough he was very sick, a really trooper), and Sammie Davis Jr.

There really was a “Golden Age of Television” and it sure isn’t now.

Add in there, Henny Youngman and Victor Borge, for the old folks. “Take my wife, please!”

20 posted on 05/12/2012 9:35:03 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: Vendome

I bet she got a Jeweler’s magnifier for Chanukah, early on.

The old joke (and oh so true statement). My wife was not Jewish but she became one by injection.

True joke from an old friend who shall not be named:

“I always wanted a pretty woman with big breasts and little feet, and I married just the opposite”.

He could tell more jokes per minute than any other man I ever knew, and many were true, like the time he bought a Mickey Mouse phone for his business office. When he tried to use it the first time, he blew the phone lines for the whole building.

Another true, yiddish story. A late friend of my parents was a member of Toastmasters General, with a booming voice and as darn good story teller. However, he was also a practical joker such as the time he ordered chicken soup in a fancy restaurant. He then pulled out a rubber chicken from his tuxedo, called the waiter over and asked him to take the soup back because the chicken tasted like rubber. OR

One night my parents and E/with wife, were watching the movie “The Robe” about a Christian priest who was being crowned a Cardinal. Just at the moment he was to receive his Cardinal’s hat, someone in the audience sneezed, to which E replied: “Gey gesunteheit” (Go in good health) in Yiddish.

Needless to say he broke up the movie scene and the audience.

That’ssss all folkkkkks!

21 posted on 05/12/2012 9:47:47 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Chevy Chase is Jewish? With a name like Cornelius Crane Chase? That’s about as WASPy as you can get.

22 posted on 05/12/2012 10:21:37 PM PDT by boop (I hate hippies and dopeheads. Just hate them. ...Ernest Borgnine)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s not just the Jewish/Yiddish humor that is fading - it’s really the broader base of ethnic humor of every extraction. One poster’s recollection of a Jewish guy in Phoenix reminded me of my great-uncle in Phoenix, a second-generation Irishman that was a wholesale liquor salesman. He had a total repertoire of “Pat and Mike” jokes (his two sons are named Pat and Mike) that he would launch into at the drop of a hat. Of course, as another poster noted, a big part of the joke is the accent and Uncle Johnny was raised by an Irish immigrant mother so the accent came naturally. Since I was raised in KS, I didn’t get much time with him but I really enjoyed the few times I was around him.

23 posted on 05/12/2012 10:31:07 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: boop

You are correct. Somebody put out another story about his real name and the city of Chevy Chase.

Lorraine Newman, anyone?

Gilda Radner - definitely. Loved that girl and miss her wacky and very visual humor.

24 posted on 05/12/2012 11:02:03 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: nickcarraway

It’s not the joke, it’s how it’s told. (cases in point - Jack Benny’s long “take”, Myron Cohen’s raised eye brow , George Burns’ perfectly timed puff on his cigar.)

Or as George said of Gracie: The difference between a comic and a comedian is that a comic says funny things. A comedian says things funny.

25 posted on 05/12/2012 11:38:58 PM PDT by llevrok (In today's world, environmentalists would find God out of compliance with the EPA)
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To: Yaelle

Southern accents dying off too amongst richer souther gen y and milleniums


I drive a lot.....i you tube all the old Jewish guys when i tire of talk radio or ole rock

Rickles first

I miss them

26 posted on 05/12/2012 11:53:23 PM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: nickcarraway

As the SS were marching the villagers into the pit to meet their doom, Sol quietly whispers to his neighbor Jacob “Could be worse”. Jacob, incredulously, asks “How?”

Sol, softly explains, “Could be raining.”

27 posted on 05/13/2012 12:03:38 AM PDT by UnBubba
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To: mountn man
Why do Jewish men die before their wives?
Because they want to.
28 posted on 05/13/2012 12:06:07 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: nickcarraway
The only one I can think of is this one: A Rabbi and a Priest were sitting together on a airplane flight and during the trip they were half teasing each other about the benefits of each of their religions, knowing they were not going to convert the other. Then the plane developed trouble and crash landed, the Priest lived and crawled out of the wreckage but the Rabbi was not to be seen. Then, the Priest saw some debris move and out came the Rabbi. He stood up and dusted himself off and did the sign of the cross. The Priest was dumbfounded and said, Rabbi, I am so happy you changed to Catholicism. The Rabbi said, what you talking about??? The priest said , I saw you make the sign of the cross. The Rabbi said, No, no, no, I was just checking myself out....spectacles, testicles, watch and wallet!
29 posted on 05/13/2012 12:16:43 AM PDT by fish hawk (Religion: Man's attempt to gain salvation or the approbation of God by his own works)
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To: QBFimi
Myron Cohen was always my favorite. He worked most of his life in the garment industry

I remember a Myron Cohen joke that went something like this:

Two Jewish tailors who are old acquaintances run into each other.

JT1: "Hey, I just got back from Rome. I met the Pope."

JT2: "Oh really. What kind of man was he?"

JT1: 46 long.

30 posted on 05/13/2012 12:25:04 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

And the last major wave that I can think of that had a major effect on humor was “Seinfeld”, the show about nothing. Three of the four leads were Jewish - Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander and Julia L. Dreyfuss.

Kramer is Jewish too. And lots of the other characters too. Newman, and the older generation — the Seinfeld and costanza parents. Uncle Leo. They are all hilarious. On the one hand there was a lot of Jewish humor on the show. On the other hand the show was practically antiSemitic — probably something to do with Larry David who has a little self loathing thing going on.

31 posted on 05/13/2012 1:00:14 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: wardaddy

“Rickles first”

Don Rickles has been around my whole life I guess, or at least as far back as I remember.

He never changes and I’ve really come to love the guy.

I watched him on David Letterman a while ago. I have really always despised Letterman but hubby likes him so sometimes we watch.

Letterman is such a bully but Rickles really ran all over the guy. He kept telling some story about years ago when I guess Letterman was just getting his start. Rickles kept talking about “I remember you carrying the luggage”. It was a pleasure to watch. I was LMAO.

Then I saw him on the wonderful show Jimmy Kimmel did in memorium of his Uncle Frank, Rickles knew him from back in the bad old days. He was actually very sweet.

32 posted on 05/13/2012 5:32:38 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: mountn man
A man goes to a Jewish doctor who gives him the bad news: "You've only six months to live". Then the doctor hands the patient the bill.

After looking at the bill, the patient says "My God! I can't pay that with only six months left to live!", to which the doctor replies "In that case, I'll give you a year".

33 posted on 05/13/2012 6:09:12 AM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: Yaelle
I have always lived in towns with significant Jewish populations (Massapequa, Forest hills, Great Neck) so I grew up hearing the jokes and the accents. Lots of times it was my job to provide the goyishe kup perspective to a conversation. I probably have more yiddish in my vocabulary than the average Jewish Gen Xer.

There's a new series on Starz, Magic City. It is about a Jewish hotel owner in Miami in 1959 dealing with jewish mobsters, staff, family and entertainers. ---- the writers must be kids --- Not a word of yiddish.

34 posted on 05/13/2012 6:47:37 AM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t recall where I got it, but many years ago I picked up “The Big Book of Jewish Humor”. The dry humor & logic was so wonderful that I read nothing else until it was read all the way through.

35 posted on 05/13/2012 9:46:35 AM PDT by Strider2
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To: wtc911

There’s a new series on Starz, Magic City. It is about a Jewish hotel owner in Miami in 1959 dealing with jewish mobsters, staff, family and entertainers. —— the writers must be kids -— Not a word of yiddish.

Well, that is just wrong. They should every one have Yiddish and ny accents - or European or Russian accents. They did even in the 1970s in Los Angeles.

36 posted on 05/13/2012 10:56:30 AM PDT by Yaelle
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37 posted on 05/14/2012 4:42:55 AM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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To: nickcarraway

38 posted on 05/14/2012 5:04:35 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Liberty Valance
Carl Reiner & Mel Brooks 1959

39 posted on 05/14/2012 5:13:41 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Ciexyz
Topo Gigio

My friend and I were just talking about good old Topo Gigio today, riding around with some young people who, of course, didn't have a clue.

40 posted on 05/21/2012 12:34:08 AM PDT by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Bellflower

I have to add my favorite Dangerfield joke, which I have heard in several forms:

Rodney goes to a psychiatrist because he is unhappy. He spends thousands of dollars and visits many times. He’s still unhappy and the doctor doesn’t really give him any ideas about how things could get better. So, he asks bluntly on his next visit, “What’s wrong with me, doc?”. The doctor says “Well, you’re crazy”. Rodney is pretty angry, and says, “I can’t believe that I spent all this money for nothing That’s no help at all. I want a second opinion!”. The doctor says, “OK, you’re ugly, too. That’ll be another 200 dollars”.

41 posted on 05/30/2012 10:46:28 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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