Monday, January 23, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Lending Agreement"

 
Today we have another joke for you from Israel and our newest joke teller, Max Nathans. Max was born in Holland and since 1969 has been living in kibbutz Matzuva in northern Israel.

As a kibbutz member he filled all sorts of jobs, and worked most of the time as a certified electrician.

Now retired, he is busy with various things and works as a volunteer in a center for people with special needs.

Here's the setup: Sam opened a flower shop not very far from Central Park. The shop was flourishing. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

YidLife Crisis Visits Toronto's Kensington Market - Part 1


Our favorite Yiddish speaking comedians are at it again. They're based in Montreal, but they just returned from a trip to Toronto to report on one of the Canadian city's most iconic and storied neighborhoods, Kensington Market. 

Rabbis meet Rastafarians as YidLife Crisis' Eli Batalion & Jamie Elman explore the place where many Jewish immigrants arrived in Canada many years ago.

They latch onto native Torontonian mother and daughter tour guides Joyce and Hannah Wayne to understand the multi-generational aspect of the market and how it became a cultural hub for many immigrant communities.

Enjoy!

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Asking God's Blessings as America Inaugurates a New President


Today at 12 noon Donald Trump will take the oath of office as America's 45th president. It's an occasion that all Americans should celebrate. The peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another is a hallmark of American democracy, one that should be respected by all, regardless of political differences and voting history.

Coming on erev Shabbat, it's a reminder that in most synagogues a prayer is recited for the welfare of the president, vice-president, and all officers of the country. On November 9, the day after the election, Rabbi Tuly Weisz, speaking at an event at the Ramat Rachel Hotel in Jerusalem, said the prayer for the new president-elect and vice-president and all new office holders.

This Shabbat will be the first opportunity to say this prayer for the new administration. 

This weekend is also the time for patriotic music, so we're sharing our favorite versions of our national anthems, including The Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America (sung by its creator, Irving Berlin), America the Beautiful, and the latest American anthem, Lee Greenwood's God Bless the USA.

Enjoy!

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Prayer for the Government



The Star Spangled Banner sung by Hazamir




God Bless America sung by Irving Berlin



America the Beautiful sung by Willie Nelson




God Bless the USA sung by Lee Greenwood


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Jerry Lewis Air Typing Leroy Anderson's "The Typewriter"


The Typewriter is a novelty instrumental piece written by Leroy Anderson in 1950, and first performed by the Boston Pops.

Its name refers to the fact that its performance requires a typewriter, which is used on stage: keystrokes, the typewriter bell, and the carriage return mechanism provide a major component of the piece, although Anderson demonstrated that a musical gourd could be used instead of a carriage return. 

The typewriter is modified so that only two keys work; although many listeners have suspected that stenographers are enlisted to "play" the typewriter, Anderson reported that only professional drummers have sufficient wrist flexibility.

It has been called one of "the wittiest and most clever pieces in the orchestral repertoire".

The piece was featured in the Jerry Lewis film Who's Minding the Store (1963). Lewis didn't have to worry about keys, bell, or carriage return. He typed the whole piece in the air.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday #TBT

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Prankster Meir Kay: Looking for a Leader in the Park


We've latched onto the blog postings of Meir Kalmanson (aka Meir Kay) as our favorite prankster and we've been following his online antics as he gets strangers in public places to play along with the fun.

In today's shtick he hands a box to random people in the park saying that inside the box is a photograph of a leader from the past century and asking them to guess who it might be. Then they're asked what the qualities of a leader should be.

Their answers are interesting and their reactions upon discovering who the leader is are fun to watch. 

Enjoy!
 
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Great Jewish Comedians: Tom Lehrer, Master of Song Parodies


Tom Lehrer, now 88 years old, is a retired American singer-songwriter, satirist, pianist, and mathematician. He has lectured on mathematics and musical theater. He is best known for the pithy, humorous songs he recorded in the 1950s and '60s.

His work often parodies popular song forms, though he usually creates original melodies when doing so. A notable exception is "The Elements", where he sets the names of the chemical elements to the tune of the Major-General's song from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance

Lehrer's early work typically dealt with non-topical subject matter and was noted for its black humor in songs such as Poisoning Pigeons in the Park. In the 1960s, he produced a number of songs dealing with social and political issues of the day, particularly when he wrote for the U.S. version of the television show That Was the Week That Was

In the early 1970s, he mostly retired from public performances to devote his time to teaching mathematics and music theatre at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

In 1934, the National Conference for Christians and Jews came up with the idea of celebrating National Brotherhood Week during the third week of February. But it only lasted through the 1980s. One of Lehrer's most popular, clever, and biting satire pieces was National Brotherhood Week, written in 1965, when the annual week of putting aside hatred and distrust of the other was celebrated.

Enjoy!

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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Rare Breed of Cattle"


It's another Monday and it's time for another in our Joke to Start the Week series. Today we're introducing a new joke teller -- Steve Wilson, a psychologist with the title of Cheerman of the Bored of the Laughter Arts and Sciences Foundation.

The foundation is a philanthropic organization, established in 2003 to support educational, scientific, and general awareness projects that promote the understanding and application of healthy laughter.

We met Steve at one of our performances in Daytona Beach, Florida last year, and shortly afterward we received an endorsement from the foundation.

Here's the setup for today's joke: Joel Schwartz is an insurance salesman from Boston and he goes to a conference in Dallas. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Musical Showcase: Meet Gefilte Drive, Russian Israeli Band Singing Tumbalalaika

 
In 2012 we started following the Yiddish folk love song Tumbalalaika from its origins in Eastern Europe in the 19th century, to its migration to just about everywhere in the world, in vocal and instrumental versions, in cabarets and in the movies.


We've also been showcasing new  Jewish musical groups that are new on the scene and make music that we like a lot.
Today's post lets us continue both of these traditions. This week we came across an Israeli musical group called Gefilte Drive that blends the rhythms of folk and popular Israeli music as well as klezmer and kosher rock'n'roll.

In this video they perform a unique interpretation of Tumbalalalaika that's filled with energy and visuals from all over Israel. You won't recognize the melody but the lyrics are the traditional Yiddish ones.

Enjoy!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Adon Olam Around the World: Johannesburg Jewish Male Choir Sings Adon Olam Medley


Regular fans of Jewish Humor Central know that Monday is set aside for a Joke to Start the Week and Thursday is Throwback Thursday for comedy nostalgia.

We're trying to keep a few days each week available for surprises, the Greatest Jewish Comedians, and whatever we find funny or nachas producing. But we're reserving Fridays as best we can for something musical or funny to ease us into welcoming Shabbat. 

Today we're sharing another version of Adon Olam, the concluding hymn of most Shabbat services. Since we started blogging we've posted 22 versions of the song performed around the world. We don't usually find it as a featured concert piece, but you never know what selections will appear on concert programs.

The Jewish Male Choir of Johannesburg, South Africa sang a medley of multiple versions of Adon Olam with 24 singers and a five piece musical ensemble backing up Cantor Steven Leas, Professor Russel Lurie, Cantor Chilly Chrysler, and Cantor Ezra Sher.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Mel Brooks Impersonates Bogart, Cagney, Sinatra on Dick Cavett Show


Mel Brooks is famous for producing, directing, acting, and doing stand-up comedy, but we don't usually think of him as a singer or impersonator.

Back in 1970 Mel appeared on The Dick Cavett Show doing impressions of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, and Frank Sinatra. The Sinatra bit was an impersonation of Frank singing America the Beautiful.

So let's set the clock back 47 years to see Mel in his younger days doing a few celebrity impressions.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday, #TBT