Thursday, January 18, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray in "Marriage is Fun"


When Your Show of Shows was canceled in 1954, Sid Caesar started a new show called Caesar's Hour. The popular series of sketches called The Hickenloopers, about a bickering married couple, was recast as The Commuters, with Nanette Fabray playing Sid's wife as Imogene Coca had played in The Hickenloopers.

In this episode of The Commuters, "Marriage is Fun', Sid and Nanette go to a dance but have different ideas about how they will spend the evening. Sid's sidekicks Carl Reiner and Howard Morris are also in the sketch.

We have previously posted other episodes of both shows. We don't have a date for this very rare video, but it was shown between 1954 and 1957 and is available because two Caesar fans found these treasures and transferred them into a digital format.

Sid Caesar died in 2014. Nanette Fabray is 97 and lives in San Diego. We plan to share some of their other sketches with you in the coming months.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

So You Think You Know Hebrew? Renny Grinshpan's A to Z Guide to Hebrew Slang


How's your Hebrew? I mean the Hebrew that you learned in school or in camp. If you think that's going to make you understood by Israelis, fuggedaboudit. What you need to be understood in Israel is Israeli slang, for which there are few dictionaries and formal education.

Renny Grinshpan, a Canadian model and comedian who made aliyah in 2014, has become famous in Israel for her comedic commentary on Israeli culture.

As Andrew Tobin reported for JTA last year,
Grinshpan’s most popular video is a tutorial on Hebrew slang that has been viewed 1.7 million times on Facebook since it was posted in September. Standing alone in front of the camera, she goes through the (English) alphabet from “achi,” or “brother,” to “zorem,” or “go with the flow.” At the letter “h,” for example, she explains: “Haim sheli, meaning ‘my life,’ can be used to address even your most casual acquaintances.”
Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Comedy Showcase: Meet Ethan Herschenfeld, Ethnic Actor and Stand-up Comic


Ethan Herschenfeld is a stand-up comedian, accomplished actor, and award winning opera singer.

In addition to appearing on Girls, Boardwalk EmpireBlue BloodsThe Blacklist, High Maintenance, Power, and Damages, he's sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall and Opera stages around the world. 

He appears regularly at comedy clubs in NY, LA, and across the country.

We get a kick out of finding stand-up comedians that we haven't seen before, and we hope that you enjoy these finds and laughing at their routines.

In this video clip, Ethan Herschenfeld tells about his adventures in being cast repeatedly as an ethnic thug, and how his lack of interest in American history and hip-hop as expressed in the musical Hamilton led him to create his own musical based on geometry and modern opera.

Enjoy!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "My Son"


It's Monday again, and time for another Joke to Start the Week.

Once again dipping into the archives of Sam Hoffman's Old Jews Telling Jokes, we came up with this oldie but goodie told by marketing consultant Sheila Danzig.

Here's the setup: There are three Jewish women sitting on the beach, and the first one says "Oy, do I have a son!" And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Great Yiddish Songs Revisited: A New and Fun Version of "Rumania Rumania"


The Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus is part of a modern Yiddish renaissance -- more than forty members strong, from students to retirees, a good number of whom speak or are learning Yiddish. 

Their repertoire spans a century -- exciting oratorios and operettas, labor anthems, folksongs, and popular tunes -- all in Yiddish. Committed to strengthening Yiddish as a living language, they have commissioned and premiered new Yiddish choral works by half a dozen composers.

In July we posted their Yiddish version of The Star Spangled Banner.  Today we're sharing their fun version of the Yiddish classic Rumania, Rumania, by Aaron Lebedeff. The musical arrangement is by Binyumen Schaechter, with his daughter Temma as soloist.

Schaechter is a member of a leading family in Yiddish language and cultural studies. His father, Dr. Mordkhe Schaechter, was an influential linguist of the Yiddish language, writing and editing many articles, magazines, journals, terminologies and textbooks in Yiddish and on Yiddish. His mother, Charlotte (Charne) Schaechter, spent much of her life as an accompanist to Yiddish singers. His aunt, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, was a Yiddish poet and songwriter and spiritual guide to many of the Klezmer musicians in the world today. 

Among his three sisters, Rukhl Schaechter is a journalist with the Yiddish Forward, and host of the on-line Yiddish cooking program, Est gezunterheyt! (we posted 24 episodes of this cooking program during the last 8 years); Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath is a Yiddish poet and editor, and she sings in the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus; and sister Eydl Reznik teaches Yiddish among the ultra-Orthodox community in Tsfat, Israel. Schaechter and his sisters all speak only in Yiddish with their children, giving their parents 16 Yiddish-speaking grandchildren. Binyumen's cousin, Itzik Gottesman, was an editor of The Yiddish Forward and the Tsukunft, and is continuing his work as a scholar of Yiddish folklore. 

Enjoy! 

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with Eishet Chayil by Cantor Shai Abramson and the IDF Rabbinical Choir


Back in April we posted a rendition of Adon Olam sung by the IDF Rabbinical Choir led by Shai Abramson, Chief Cantor of the Israel Defense Forces.

The song was sung at a Shabbat dinner hosted by Laura Ben David, Director of Marketing for Shavei Israel, the non-profit organization dedicated to assisting descendants of Jews and the Lost Tribes of Israel to reclaim their roots.

Abramson and the choir were in a good singing mood, and saluted their hostess with the traditional Friday night song Eishet Chayil. We found a video of the event and are sharing it with you here.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Sid Caesar as the Professor on Magic


Sid Caesar left a treasure trove of  video clips of some of his funniest character portrayals and skits from his own Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour and from his appearances with sidekick Carl Reiner on the Ed Sullivan Show and other TV specials.

We've already run some of his most famous comedy routines and we'll be tapping into the collection for more of them from time to time.

Today we're visiting once again with one of Sid's most endearing characters, the wisecracking and loopy Viennese  professor Hocus VonPocus, interviewed by the persistent and straight-talking Carl Reiner.

In this video Reiner asks the professor to perform some magic, with hilarious results.
Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday   #TBT

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Hava Nagila Around the World: Played by Andre Rieu Orchestra in Maastricht, Netherlands


In reviewing the 64 versions of Hava Nagila that we've posted since starting Jewish Humor Central in October 2009, we realized that we never posted the one that has more views (more than 10 million) than any other -- the version by Andre Rieu.

Rieu is a Dutch violinist and conductor best known for creating the waltz-playing Johann Strauss Orchestra. Together they have turned classical and waltz music into a worldwide concert touring act, as successful as some of the biggest global pop and rock music acts.

Rieu's father was conductor of the Maastricht Symphony Orchestra. Showing early promise, André began studying violin at the age of five. From a very early age, he developed a fascination with orchestra.

Rieu created the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 1987 and began with 12 members, giving its first concert on 1 January 1988. Over the years it has expanded dramatically, nowadays performing with between 80 and 150 musicians. Rieu and his orchestra have performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, and Australia. The size and revenue of their tours are rivaled only by the largest pop and rock music acts.

This performance of Hava Nagila took place in a huge concert hall in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where Rieu makes his home. 

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Golden Globe Winner "Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" Recreates Jewish New York in 1958


On Sunday night, the Golden Globes award for Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy, went to the Amazon video The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The show's first season had eight episodes, and its second season should be starting soon.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is about as Jewish as a series could be. It recreates New York City in 1958, with an attention to detail that will bring back memories of the period to most of our readers.

It's the late 1950s and Miriam "Midge" Maisel has everything she has ever wanted -- the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York's Upper West Side. Her father Abe Weinberg, played by Tony Shalhoub, is a math professor at Columbia and her father-in-law Moishe Maisel is the owner of a clothing manufacturing company in the garment district. 

Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn't previously know she had -- stand-up comedy. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafes and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she makes her way through the city's comedy industry on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the "Tonight Show" couch.

Here's a look behind the scenes. Enjoy!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "Good Samaritan"


It's another Monday. Time for another joke to start the week.

Once again we're sharing an oldie but goodie from the archives of Sam Hoffman's Old Jews Telling Jokes. This one is told by Milt Keiles, a retired custom software business owner.

Here's the setup: This guy goes into a bar and sits down next to another gentleman on a stool. And the other gentleman's head falls down on the bar. And then...

Enjoy!

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