Humor

President Endorses Gay Synagogues

02/21/2013

President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City

02/21/2013

BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

Amis Moves Needle On Holocaust Humor

New novel, set in a concentration camp, is latest in cultural trend to probe Shoah with satire.

09/29/2014
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In a German concentration camp, the commandant and an officer of the Waffen-SS, the armed wing of the Nazis’ SS paramilitary unit, are discussing the “selection” of Jewish prisoners to live or die. “There was no selection. They were all certainties for the gas,” one Nazi tells the other.

Amis

Jews Serious When It Comes To Humor

Being funny outranks being frum, according to new study.

10/09/2013
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Buried in the Pew Research Center’s serious findings about Jewish belief and Jewish practice in the United States is one not-so-serious fact — about Jewish humor.

Blondie And Brownie

The blogging duo behind "Blondie and Brownie" are all about laughing and noshing on New York's streets.

06/25/2013
Food & Wine Editor
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Brownie and Blondie is the witty, candid, and sometimes sassy New York-focused food blog by Siobhan Wallace (Blondie) Alexandra Penfold (Brownie). In April the duo released their first book, New York á la Cart, showcasing  the best street food in New York along with original recipes and remarkable stories from food cart chefs. “It opens the door for people who are intrigued by street food and are still a little squeamish and don’t know where to begin or what trucks or carts to visit,” Wallace said. Penfold added that the book goes beyond the food and touches on the history of New York “and how street food has been part of the culinary landscape for decades. I think people will really enjoy reading the stories about the vendors, which is really what we wanted to put front and center. They work so hard and make such good food and have such incredibly inspiring stories,” Penfold said. Now it’s time to reverse roles and share the food stories behind Blondie and Brownie.

Siobhan Wallace and Alexandra Penfold are experts on New York City street food. Donny Tsang
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Israeli Humor

 

 

From Hahafuch, the comedy troupe for new Israelis, comes this sendup of shopping in Jerusalem's Machane Yehudah, featuring "reporter with no life" Molly Livingstone.

The Ever-Dying Art Of Jewish Humor

04/24/2012
Editor And Publisher

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.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Laughing at 9/11? A Jewish Perspective

New York magazine's Sept. 11 issue has arrived, and it's a real treat.   The whole issue has been turned into an encyclopedia of Sept. 11-related entries, including everything from "freedom fries" to "Abbottabad," and many of them penned by wonderful writers.  Mark Lilla's in there, as is Eliza Griswold. I haven't read them all, but one caught my eye in particular: Jim Holt's entry for "Humor."  

Comedian Joel Chasnoff: 'Happy Jewish Song'

Comedian Joel Chasnoff explains what Christians and Jews have in common: songs that tell a story.

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