Old Jews Telling Jokes
By Maria Popova
We’ve previously had our fun with some painfully hilarious politically incorrect books, most of which began as blog projects. But we’d be remiss not to add the apologetically titled, apologetically funny Old Jews Telling Jokes. Available as both a book (Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs) and a DVD, it’s an absolute string of comedic gems that don’t fail to tickle the funny bone of people of all faiths.
The joke-tellers range from mere mortals — doctors, lawyers, wine salesmen, garment workers — to icons like Milton Glaser, for a vibe that’s part Larry David without the painful awkwardness, part Seinfeld without the painful laughtrack, part something completely authentic altogether.
And just in time for Mother’s Day, why not warm up with six jokes about mothers?
Published May 3, 2011