Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Golden Bride: Kalmen's Top 10 Yiddish Words That Made it into the English Language


Adam B. Shapiro, the actor who played the role of Kalmen the matchmaker in the acclaimed Yiddish production of Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride) last year, has come up with a funny video in which he lists, and illustrates with facial expressions, the top ten Yiddish words that have found a home in the English language.

If you missed the show in its concert version at Rutgers University or the full production in its run at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, we've included a video with excerpts from the production below.

Enjoy!

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Excerpts from Di Goldene Kale (The Golden Bride)


Monday, December 5, 2016

A Joke to Start the Week - "Selfridges"


Another Monday, another Joke to Start the Week. We thought we had run out of jokes from the Old Jews Telling Jokes collection, but they keep popping up. As long as they do, we'll keep sharing them with you.

Today's joke is told by Aaron Schechter, who worked as an accountant in the entertainment industry.

Here's the setup: Abie and Sura were immigrants from Romania and they immigrated to a place called Golders Green, just outside of London. They owned a small haberdashery store and they lived upstairs above the store. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

December Comedy Special: Elon Gold on Why Jews Are Better Off Without Christmas Trees

 
Elon Gold is an American comedian, television actor, writer and producer. He starred in the television series Stacked.  He also starred in the short-lived sitcom In-Laws.
 
Known for his impressions, including those of Jeff Goldblum, Howard Stern and Jay Leno, Gold was a judge on the ABC celebrity impersonation competition series The Next Best Thing.Gold was also in the movie Cheaper by the Dozen as a cameraman from the Oprah Winfrey show.
  
Gold attended the Westchester Day School in Mamaroneck, NY and the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (MTA)/Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan, NY. He is a practicing orthodox Jew.

We have posted some of Elon's videos over the years and we'll keep posting them whenever we find a new one.

Here's Elon's lates video, a stand-up routine he did for Stand With Us, an international, non-profit Israel education organization. It's a funny commentary on why Jews are better off without Christmas trees.

Enjoy!


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Friday, December 2, 2016

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: An Orthodox Jewish Choir Sings in an English Monastery


Kirkstall Abbey is a ruined Cistercian monastery in Kirkstall, north-west of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England.

Last week it was the site of a special event celebrating multi cultural faith and diversity sponsored by the Leeds Faiths Forum.

One of the groups participating in the event and singing Adon Olam was the choir of the United Hebrew Congregation, an independent orthodox synagogue operating under the auspices of the Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth.

This is the 21st version of Adon Olam around the world that we have posted since the start of Jewish Humor Central in 2009. We expect to post many more versions.

In this video the words to Adon Olam were printed on a large banner held by a group of kids. Two of the words are incorrect. Can you tell which ones?

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: A Rare Classic Sid Caesar Pantomime - Woman Getting Dressed


The late, great comedian Sid Caesar, was a master at pantomime, and used it to great acclaim on his TV shows, Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour.

We are fortunate that an anonymous poster found some vintage clips of Caesar in some of his most famous routines, including this 7-minute solo sketch of a woman getting dressed.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday, #TBT


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Great Jewish Comedians: Dick Shawn Performs Standup Comedy on the Johnny Carson Show


Dick Shawn was born Richard Schulefand in Buffalo, New York and raised in adjacent Lackawanna. 

The best remembered roles of his career are the hot-headed Sylvester Marcus, son of Mrs. Marcus (Ethel Merman), in Stanley Kramer's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) and easygoing Lorenzo St. DuBois/Adolf Hitler in the musical Springtime for Hitler, the play within Mel Brooks's movie The Producers (1968).

He had continued success with his stand-up comedy act that he successfully performed for over 35 years in nightclubs around the world. His award-winning one-man stage show, The Second Greatest Entertainer in the Whole Wide World, was sometimes performed with a unique opening. When the audience entered the theater, they saw a bare stage with a pile of bricks in stage center. When the play began, Shawn emerged from the pile of bricks. The startling effect of this required complete concentration and breath control because the slightest movement of the bricks could ruin the surprise appearance.

In addition to roles in more than 30 movies and seven Broadway productions, Shawn made numerous television appearances, toured often, and periodically performed a one-man show that mixed songs, sketches, and pantomime. 

In this video clip of his appearance on The Johnny Carson Show (hosted by Joan Rivers), Shawn does a monologue on Jews in athletics, announcing, and religion followed by a session on the interview couch with Rivers.

Enjoy!
 
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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

YidLife Crisis in Tel Aviv: A Visit to Beit Hatfutsot, Museum of the Jewish People


We've been following the Canadian comedy duo of Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion as they travel the world in search of funny situtations involving Yiddish culture, language, and food.

Their web series, YidLife Crisis, was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best original digital media series.
They have taken their act on the road, performing a live version of their show in Krakow, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles and Birmingham, England.

The pair has also received a prestigious grant from the Natan Fund and have created a series of travelogues featuring their impressions of Tel Aviv. We previously posted their funny Valentine’s Day episode guest staring Mayim Bialik and two of their Tel Aviv episodes, Canadians in Cabs Getting Kishkas, and Searching for Yiddish Speakers and Second Hand Items in Old Jaffa

There's a lot of Yiddish in some of the episodes and some of the English includes coarse language that we avoid in our family-friendly posts, so we pick the episodes that we share with you very carefully.

Today we're posting another one of their Tel Aviv episodes . In it, they visit Beit Hatfutsot, Tel Aviv's Museum of the Jewish People.
Enjoy!
 
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Monday, November 28, 2016

A Joke to Start the Week - "Blue Ribbon Bull"


It's Monday again and time for another joke to start the week. This week we found another joke from the archives of Old Jews Telling Jokes. Today's joke teller is clinical drug study printer Richard Levine. 

Here's the setup: A Jewish guy has a ranch in Texas and he has a prize bull. Every year this prize bull wins another blue ribbon. And then...

Enjoy!


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Monica Piper's "Not That Jewish" Brings New Comedy to Off-Broadway


Comedian Monica Piper, the Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe nominated writer and actress who we've featured doing stand-up comedy earlier this year, is starring in Not So Jewish, a hilarious and heartfelt autobiographical ride of a Jew-“ish” woman’s life. 

It's the one-woman show she wrote and performed for the Jewish Women's Theatre in Santa Monica, California.  It's playing now at the New World Stages on West 50th Street in New York City.

From her show business family in the Bronx, to a WASP wedding, to her first step on a comedy club stage and life as a single mom, Piper shares the milestones and moments that shaped her life with the same signature wit found in her writing on Roseanne, Mad About You, and Rugrats

The show is reminiscent of Billy Crystal's 700 Sundays with a peppering of Neil Simon's Lost In Yonkers, Reviewers have called it 90 lightning fast minutes of funny, moving, intimate and inspirational theater.

Here's a video clip from the show. Enjoy!

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: Belgian Tenor Helmut Lotti Sings Hevenu Shalom Aleichem



Hevenu Shalom Aleichem is one of the most widely played and sung Hebrew songs around the world, probably second only to Hava Nagila. We have been sharing versions of this song as performed in India, Guatemala, Australia, Korea, Belarus, and in an Irish pub.

We came across a version of Hevenu Shalom Aleichem performed at a concert in Belgium by Helmut Lotti, a Belgian tenor and singer-songwriter. He performs in several styles and languages.

Once an Elvis impersonator, he has sung African and Latino hit records, and he crossed over into classical music in the 1990s. Lotti sings fluently in his mother language Dutch, as well as Afrikaans, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, and Ukrainian. He has sold over 13 million albums worldwide and received over 90 platinum and 70 gold albums. Lotti does volunteer work as an ambassador for UNICEF.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!

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