Sunday, October 2, 2022

Tumbalalaika Around the World: Klezmer Balkan Gypsy Orchestra Roulottes Barriolées Plays the Classic Folk Song

The Yiddish folk love song Tumbalalaika originated in Eastern Europe in the 19th century, but its exact origin is hard to pinpoint. That hasn't prevented it from being sung and played over and over, not only in places where Yiddish songs are sung, but just about everywhere in the world, in vocal and instrumental versions, in cabarets and in the movies.

Just as we have followed the songs Hava Nagila, Adon Olam, Hevenu Shalom Aleichem, and Abanibi as they took different forms as interpreted by a wide variety of singers, musicians, and dancers, we're continuing the series today that we started back in 2012, bringing you many interpretations of this universal courting and love song.

This rendition of Tumbalalaika was recorded by
Roulottes Barriolées, a Klezmer Balkan Gypsy Orchestra. The English translation appears under the video on this page.

Enjoy!

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Tumbalalaika - English Translation

A young lad stands, and he thinks
Thinks and thinks the whole night through

Whom to take and not to shame
Whom to take and not to shame

Tumbala, Tumbala, Tumbalalaika
Tumbala, Tumbala, Tumbalalaika
Tumbalalaika, strum balalaika
Tumbalalaika, may we be happy

Girl, girl, I want to ask of you
What can grow, grow without rain?
What can burn and never end?
What can yearn, cry without tears?

Foolish lad, why do you have to ask?
A stone can grow, grow without rain
Love can burn and never end
A heart can yearn, cry without tears

 

Friday, September 30, 2022

Welcoming Shabbat with Adon Olam by the Professional Choir of Temple Israel Michigan

Temple Israel was organized during the summer of 1941 in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. From its inception, the aim of the Temple has been to revive many of the symbols and traditions of Jewish heritage and establish them within a Reform setting.

It was the first Reform congregation in the Detroit area to introduce a cantor to the service, and to revive the tradition of Bar and Bat Mitzvah. It holds a daily morning minyan and regards wearing of a kippah as a matter of personal choice.

Cantor Michael Smolash, Cantor Neil Michaels, Cantorial Soloist Emma Trivax, Zipser Foundation Artist-in-Residence Aaron Markovitz and the Temple Israel professional choir led the congregation in Adon Olam during Erev Rosh Hashanah worship services on Sunday, September 25.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Throwback Thursday Comedy Showcase: Wayne Cotter Performs Standup Comedy in 1990

On this Throwback Thursday let's go back 32 years to 1990 when comedian Wayne Cotter did a show for Stand Up Spotlight on VH1.

Wayne Cotter attended the University of Pennsylvania where he studied electrical engineering. But after working as a computer engineer, he noticed similarities between engineering and comedy as he performed stand-up routines at night.  

He quit his day job and devoted himself to comedy full time, appearing on The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Politically Incorrect. From 1991 to 1994, he hosted Comic Strip Live, a stand-up comedy series on the Fox television network. 

Cotter was one of the comedians featured in The Aristocrats. He also had a small part in the film Spy Hard. He now performs at corporate events. Some of his routines focus on the connection between the thought processes that go into engineering design and the crafting of jokes.

A few years ago, Cotter was selected by Avi Lieberman to appear in one of his semi-annual Comedy for Koby tours in Israel. 

Today we're sharing a standup routine that Cotter did on VH1 in 1990.

Enjoy!

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   #Throwback Thursday      #TBT

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Jewish Foodie and Comedian Ori Laizerouvich Visits a Restaurant and Bakery in Memphis, Tennessee

In its latest effort to strengthen the bond between Israel and American Jewry, the Ruderman Family Foundation launched a 10-part original video series, “Jewish Foodie.” 

The series aims to encourage Israelis to deepen their knowledge about U.S. Jewish communities, and Jewish Americans to become better acquainted with their rich and diverse heritage and culture, all accomplished through a rich and fascinating culinary journey of Jewish food across the U.S.

As reported in The Jewish Link,

Hosted by the well-known Israeli actor and comedian Ori Laizerouvich, “Jewish Foodie” takes viewers on a journey of the broad diversity of American Jewry as a whole and its communities in particular through the innovative vehicle of food.
Focusing on the personal stories and cultural influences associated with Jewish food in four American regions, the series explores the Northeast, with its bagels and lox, knishes, delis, hot dogs, Chinese food and vegan fare; the Southeast, including barbecue, bourbon and baked goods; the Southwest, featuring tacos, Jewish-style burgers with latkes (“Jew Boy Burger”), huevos rancheros and rodeo food; and the Midwest, with pastrami sandwiches, bison burgers and Canukah gelt-making.
Viewers not only discover American Jewish communities’ food stories, but also the broader character of the communities themselves and their members, including communities whose Jewish presence may be surprising.

Actor and comedian Laizerouvich is a familiar face to fans of the Chai Flicks streaming series Shababnikim (The New Black) where he plays the role of Gedaliah, a very religious and very serious Yeshiva student.

In this fourth episode of the series, Laizerouvich visits the Beauty Shop restaurant and Ricki's Cookie Corner in Memphis, Tennessee.

 (A note to our readers: While all of the food establishments visited by Laizerouvich specialize in Jewish food, only a few of them have kosher certification. In this Memphis video, only Ricki's Cookie Corner is kosher.)

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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Wishing All of Our Readers a Shanah Tovah - Happy New Year 5783


Thanks to our thousands of loyal subscribers and casual readers worldwide who have joined us during the year.

We started this blog on October 5, 2009 and it's been going strong with more than 3900 blog entries and more than 3 million page views over the last 13 years.  

We appreciate your loyalty and we hope to keep bringing you a daily mix of Jewish humor in all of its forms -- traditional, eclectic, musical, unbelievable but true, and just funny, tempered with touches of nostalgia and Yiddishe nachas. 

We'll be attending Rosh Hashanah services tonight, Monday and Tuesday, and we'll be back posting again on Wednesday.  Here's wishing you a happy, healthy, joyous, prosperous and funny New Year from our family to yours!

L'shanah Tovah Tikatevu v'techatemu!

Friday, September 23, 2022

Welcoming Shabbat and Rosh Hashanah with "Shana Tova" by the Boys Town Jerusalem Choir

Boys Town Jerusalem is one of Israel's premier institutions for educating the country's next generation of leaders in the fields of technology, commerce, education, the military and public service. 

Since its founding in 1948, BTJ has pursued its mission of turning young boys from limited backgrounds into young men with limitless futures. From Junior High through the College level, the three part curriculum at Boys Town - academic, technological and Torah - is designed to turn otherwise disadvantaged Israeli youth into productive citizens of tomorrow. 

Boys Town’s 18 acre campus is a home away from home for its more than 950 students. More than 7,500 graduates hold key positions throughout Israeli society.

For Rosh Hashanah, the Boys Town Jerusalem choir posted a creative and lively song wishing everyone a happy and sweet New Year.

Shabbat Shalom and Shana Tova! Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Throwback Thursday Comedy Showcase: Allan Sherman Sings "Me" - Parody of "Come Back to Sorrento"

Allan Sherman dominated the world of song parody during the 1960s and recorded eight albums, starting with My Son the Folksinger.  

Listening to or reading his lyrics is a crash course in pop culture of the 1960s, with Sherman taking satiric swipes at summer camp, psychiatry, fad diets, Hadassah ladies, school dropouts, and upward mobility.


The popularity of his parodies got him many guest appearances on TV variety shows.

We just came across a rare recording of Sherman singing "Me", a parody of "Come Back to Sorrento", a funny description of many of  his body parts. Here is the video of him singing the song, followed by a video clip of Luciano Pavarotti singing  "Sorrento", the basis for Sherman's takeoff.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday      #TBT

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: Biggest Traditional Jewish Wedding Held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Hundreds of Jews from all over the world have gathered in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, ahead of the two-year anniversary of its establishment of diplomatic ties with Israel.

But the crowds aren’t in town to honor the Abraham Accords — at least not directly.

They came to party last Wednesday at the largest Jewish wedding in the history of the UAE, which the bride and groom, emissaries of the Chabad movement who are living in that country, timed to coincide with the anniversary of the signing of the accords.

As reported by Cnaan Liphshiz of JTA in The Times of Israel

About 1,500 people, including dignitaries and Emirati royals as well as rabbis stationed around the world, attended the wedding of Rabbi Levi Duchman, 29, who was born in Brooklyn and has been living in the UAE since 2014, and Lea Hadad of Brussels, 27, according to the media relations department of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement.

The wedding “is a source of great national pride, as a demonstration and living experience of the Emirates’ longstanding investment in creating a culture of coexistence and religious diversity,” read a statement to the media about the event.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Has Modesty Gone Too Far? "Toe Sheitels" For Sale? An Advertisement Aimed at Orthodox Women Stirs Controversy

Appealing to Orthodox women who want to look great but conform to their communities’ standards for conservative dress, an advertisement circulating this week in Orthodox circles peddles “high quality” silicone toes that buyers can slip on over their own, allowing them to wear sandals without having their own feet be seen.

As reported by Jackie Hajdenberg for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency,

“Do you want to be fashionable but also tzniyusdyig?” the ad says, using a Yiddish form of the word for modest. “Do you want to look stylish but would never c’v [God forbid] wear open toes [sic] shoes?”

The ad resembled many real ones that circulate in the haredi Orthodox marketplace, where orders often must be placed by phone or in person because internet use is frowned upon and small-batch innovations that facilitate religious observance hit shelves frequently. But it also smacked of satire at a time when some Orthodox Jewish women are trying to push back against norms that dictate their attire, police their accessories and keep their faces out of some Orthodox publications.

Speculation about whether the mysterious ad is real or a prank — and what each might mean for Orthodox communities — has occupied a segment of the Orthodox world this week. Many are calling the product “toe sheitels” for the similar role they play to sheitels, or the wigs some married Orthodox women wear to cover their own hair in keeping with Jewish tradition.

“Some think it is real. Some think it is a joke,” Sharon Weiss-Greenberg, a longtime activist in Orthodox feminism, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about the toe sheitels. “I think it is a joke. But I think the fact that so many think that it isn’t is a problem — the fact that it is plausible.”

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Monday, September 19, 2022

A Joke to Start the Week - "Dental Emergency"

It's another Monday and time for another Joke to Start the Week. Today Mickey Greenblatt is back with another good one.

Marshal (Mickey) Greenblatt received degrees from Columbia (BA and BS in Flight Sciences), a DC from Von Karman Institute (1963) and his PhD from Princeton in Aerospace Sciences. He worked as a researcher for NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory. 

With four other scientists, he founded Fusion Systems Corporation, which invented microwave-powered UV lamps for drying coatings. He founded and served on the boards of technology companies and is active in volunteer work. He served on the executive committee of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington for many years.

Mickey also loves Jewish jokes and sent us this one to share with you. Here's the setup: A man and his wife barge into a dentist's office demanding to see the dentist. The dentist comes out and asks "What's the matter?" And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 18, 2022

Jewish Foodie Ori Laizerouvich Visits Restaurants and Purim Celebrations in Brooklyn

In its latest effort to strengthen the bond between Israel and American Jewry, the Ruderman Family Foundation this month launched a 10-part original video series, “Jewish Foodie.” 

The series aims to encourage Israelis to deepen their knowledge about U.S. Jewish communities, and Jewish Americans to become better acquainted with their rich and diverse heritage and culture, all accomplished through a rich and fascinating culinary journey of Jewish food across the U.S.

As reported in The Jewish Link,

Hosted by the well-known Israeli actor and comedian Ori Laizerouvich, “Jewish Foodie” takes viewers on a journey of the broad diversity of American Jewry as a whole and its communities in particular through the innovative vehicle of food.
Focusing on the personal stories and cultural influences associated with Jewish food in four American regions, the series explores the Northeast, with its bagels and lox, knishes, delis, hot dogs, Chinese food and vegan fare; the Southeast, including barbecue, bourbon and baked goods; the Southwest, featuring tacos, Jewish-style burgers with latkes (“Jew Boy Burger”), huevos rancheros and rodeo food; and the Midwest, with pastrami sandwiches, bison burgers and Canukah gelt-making.
Viewers not only discover American Jewish communities’ food stories, but also the broader character of the communities themselves and their members, including communities whose Jewish presence may be surprising.

Actor and comedian Laizerouvich is a familiar face to fans of the Chai Flicks streaming series Shababnikim (The New Black) where he plays the role of Gedaliah, a very religious and very serious Yeshiva student.

In this third episode of the series, Laizerouvich visits the Miss Ada Israeli restaurant and the home of Rabbi Manis Friedman, a well-known Hassid, rabbi, author, social philosopher and public speaker.

 (A note to our readers: While all of the food establishments visited by Laizerouvich specialize in Jewish food, only a few of them have kosher certification. In this Brooklyn video, only the Friedman home is kosher.)

Be sure to subscribe to Jewish Humor Central. Just enter your email address in the box at the upper left of our home page for your automatic free subscription. Or enter www.jewishhumorcentral.com into your browser each day. We'll be sharing the next nine episodes of this series with you each Sunday. Enjoy!

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Friday, September 16, 2022

Havdalah with Musical Duo Hadar and Sheldon

On
Fridays we usually post a musical welcome to Shabbat with a version of Shalom AleichemLecha Dodi, or Adon Olam. But this week we're skipping to the end of Shabbat and continuing the series of Havdalah services that we started a few years ago.

There's a rich lode of musical endings to Shabbat, and Havdalah ceremonies around the world reflect the traditional and local musical tastes of each location.

This Havdalah is performed by the musical duo Hadar and Sheldon.

Hadar and Sheldon is the brand new crossover collaboration of husband and wife duo Sheldon Low and Hadar Orshalimy. Since entering the studio in the Spring of 2018 to record their first three singles, the duo has already begun touring the country together and their tune “Body Is A Temple” was featured on the Ruach 5779 compilation album.b

Growing up, Hadar was a popular performer in Israel, with appearances on Israeli TV, such as Kochav Nolad (Israeli Idol), and at major national and municipal events. Upon completing her mandatory Army service in the IDF as a nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare defense trainer, Hadar enrolled in the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music in Israel, studying with some of Israel’s most reknowned contemporary musicians. She then transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied professional music and voice and graduated with honors.

Sheldon Low continues to establish himself as a prominent voice in contemporary Jewish music, with 5 albums to his name and more as the highly acclaimed duo “Hadar and Sheldon.” A self-proclaimed road warrior, Low performs in over 100 concerts, services, and workshops around North America each year. In addition to becoming a mainstay of congregational life, Sheldon’s music has become the soundtrack of the lives of hundreds of thousands of children around the globe, thanks in part to PJ Library distributing two of his children’s albums and featuring him on countless other compilation albums. Sheldon is also widely known for creating and hosting the innovative Jewish Songwriter podcast.

The duo were married in Jaffa, Israel in 2015 and live together in Harlem, New York.

Shabbat Shalom and Shavua Tov. Enjoy!

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Thursday, September 15, 2022

Throwback Thursday Comedy Showcase: Sid Caesar in "The Hickenloopers: Poker Game"

It's Throwback Thursday again and today we get another chance to go back to the 1950s and watch Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca as The Hickenloopers on Your Show of Shows.

Caesar and Coca starred in many episodes of the hilarious marital tribulations of Doris and Charlie Hickenlooper. In this sketch, Sid Caesar forgets that he had a date with his wife and joins his friends (including Carl Reiner and Howard Morris) in Reiner's apartment for an evening of poker.

This week's sketch is a tribute on Caesar's centenary. The comedian was born 100 years ago on September 8, 1922.

No date is available for this sketch, which has only been released on very rare out of print VHS/Betamax tapes. We're grateful to a Sid Caesar super fan who found these tapes, had them transferred digitally, and shared them with a poster who made them available on YouTube.

Enjoy!

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    #Throwback Thursday        #TBT

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Wacky Wednesday Comedy Special: Runaway Faucets on Candid Camera

Candid Camera was an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. 

After a series of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt's concept came to television on August 10, 1948, and continued into the 1970s. 

The show involved concealing cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show's catchphrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera."

Peter Funt joined the show professionally in 1987 when he became a co-host with his father. During this time the show was being broadcast on the CBS television network. In 1993, Allen Funt had a serious stroke, from which he never fully recovered. This required Peter to host the show full-time. 

The show went through a few revivals. During his time on the show Peter was a producer, host and acted on the show. He also produced and hosted over 200 episodes. 

In this classic episode set in a highway rest room with five automatic faucets, men try to wash their hands by placing them under the faucet. Unknown to them, a Candid Camera crew member is in the next room with a device that lets him turn the water flow on and off. The reactions to the sudden starts and stops are hilarious.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022

The New Jewish Comedians: Meet Erik Angel, Israeli Comic on the Comedy Club Circuit

We've been posting clips of Jewish comedians going back to the days of vaudeville and burlesque, from Jack Benny to Alan King, and including dozens more. We've posted many of them since we started Jewish Humor Central nine years ago.

 But a new generation of Jewish comedians is on the rise. And they're very funny. It's a rare one who can get through a routine without off-color words or phrases, but some are trying very hard to let the jokes and situations carry the day without resorting to outright foul language.

Today we're sharing a video clip by Erik Angel, a stage name for an Israeli comic who has been living in the U.S. for five years.

As Marc Gronich wrote in The Jewish Link this week,

Angel’s real name is Dotan Malach. He was born in Petah Tikvah, located in the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. He released two music albums and was a journalist for many years before turning to comedy. He has been living in the United States for five years and resides near the comedy club with his wife.

“I love to collaborate,” Angel said. “I was a theater actor in Israel. I do improvisational comedy usually. I think I’m a very angry, energetic, edgy Jew trying to express myself in a second language. I’m not a mean comedian. I also don’t pick on people in the audience too much because it could be very threatening for the person in the audience. I’m sensitive about that. I work clean. I’m not a vulgar comedian. I do a lot of Jewish and Jewish-Muslim rooms.”

Enjoy!

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Monday, September 12, 2022

A Joke to Start the Week - "Goldstein and the Dinosaur"

It's another Monday, and time for another Joke to Start the Week. Today we're bringing you another joke told by David Apfel. 

Now living in Modiin, Israel, David Apfel is an accomplished entertainer and chazzan. He sings in several languages with repertoire ranging from the musicals to opera. He has officiated internationally at several orthodox synagogues and he also specializes in ''Kosher Komedie''.

Here's the setup for today's joke: Goldstein wasn't doing very well, so he got himself a job as a janitor in the natural history museum in London. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

Jewish Foodie Ori Laizerouvich Visits Lower East Side and Coney Island Restaurants

In its latest effort to strengthen the bond between Israel and American Jewry, the Ruderman Family Foundation this month launched a 10-part original video series, “Jewish Foodie.” 

The series aims to encourage Israelis to deepen their knowledge about U.S. Jewish communities, and Jewish Americans to become better acquainted with their rich and diverse heritage and culture, all accomplished through a rich and fascinating culinary journey of Jewish food across the U.S.

As reported in The Jewish Link,

Hosted by the well-known Israeli actor and comedian Ori Laizerouvich, “Jewish Foodie” takes viewers on a journey of the broad diversity of American Jewry as a whole and its communities in particular through the innovative vehicle of food.
Focusing on the personal stories and cultural influences associated with Jewish food in four American regions, the series explores the Northeast, with its bagels and lox, knishes, delis, hot dogs, Chinese food and vegan fare; the Southeast, including barbecue, bourbon and baked goods; the Southwest, featuring tacos, Jewish-style burgers with latkes (“Jew Boy Burger”), huevos rancheros and rodeo food; and the Midwest, with pastrami sandwiches, bison burgers and Canukah gelt-making.
Viewers not only discover American Jewish communities’ food stories, but also the broader character of the communities themselves and their members, including communities whose Jewish presence may be surprising.

Actor and comedian Laizerouvich is a familiar face to fans of the Chai Flicks streaming series Shababnikim (The New Black) where he plays the role of Gedaliah, a very religious and very serious Yeshiva student.

In this second episode of the series, Laizerouvich visits Nathan's Famous in Coney Island, Buddha Bodai One in Chinatown, and the vegan Orchard Grocer on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

 (A note to our readers: While all of the food establishments visited by Laizerouvich specialize in Jewish food, only a few of them have kosher certification. In this New York video, only Buddha Bodai One is certified kosher.)

Be sure to subscribe to Jewish Humor Central. Just enter your email address in the box at the upper left of our home page for your automatic free subscription. Or enter www.jewishhumorcentral.com into your browser each day. We'll be sharing the next nine episodes of this series with you each Sunday. Enjoy!

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Welcoming Shabbat with "Vayechulu" a Cappella in Israel

Tonight we welcome Shabbat with an a cappella version of Vayechulu, an important part of the Kabbalat Shabbat service.

This version was produced in Israel by Syncopa Productions for a Bar Mitzvah celebration.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, September 8, 2022

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Milton Berle and Fozzie Bear in "Top Banana"

In 1977, Milton Berle appeared on The Muppet Show with Fozzie Bear, singing "Top Banana."

In this episode, Fozzie Bear is so intimidated by the thought of meeting Milton Berle, "the King of Comics," that he spends the whole show hiding from the guest star.

Finally, they get together and sing the duet "Top Banana."

Enjoy!

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  #Throwback Thursday     #TBT


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Wacky Wednesday Comedy Showcase: Elevator Bedroom on Candid Camera

Candid Camera was an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947. 

After a series of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt's concept came to television on August 10, 1948, and continued into the 1970s. 

The show involved concealing cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show's catchphrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera."

Peter Funt joined the show professionally in 1987 when he became a co-host with his father. During this time the show was being broadcast on the CBS television network. In 1993, Allen Funt had a serious stroke, from which he never fully recovered. This required Peter to host the show full-time. 

The show went through a few revivals. During his time on the show Peter was a producer, host and acted on the show. He also produced and hosted over 200 episodes. 

In this classic episode, people enter a movie theater and take what they think are good seats. The Candid Camera crew has other plans for them, sending one person after another to occupy seats that block their view. 

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Comedy Special: Comedian Modi on Hatzalah (Jewish Volunteer Ambulance) at The Laugh Factory

In June comedian Modi Rosenfeld put on a show at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles. Modi is a regular at stand-up comedy venues around the world. 

We love his humor and we've posted many of his comedy sketches since starting Jewish Humor Central 13 years ago.

In this clip from The Laugh Factory show, Modi takes on the Hatzalah Jewish volunteer ambulance service.

Enjoy!

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Monday, September 5, 2022

A Joke to Start the Week - "Hershy Has News"

It's another Monday and time for another Joke to Start the Week. Today Mickey Greenblatt is back with another good one.

Marshal (Mickey) Greenblatt received degrees from Columbia (BA and BS in Flight Sciences), a DC from Von Karman Institute (1963) and his PhD from Princeton in Aerospace Sciences. He worked as a researcher for NASA and the Naval Research Laboratory. 

With four other scientists, he founded Fusion Systems Corporation, which invented microwave-powered UV lamps for drying coatings. He founded and served on the boards of technology companies and is active in volunteer work. He served on the executive committee of the Jewish Council for the Aging of Greater Washington for many years.

Mickey also loves Jewish jokes and sent us this one to share with you. Here's the setup: My elderly neighbor Morris and his wife Stella were so happy when the pandemic restrictions were eased that they decided to celebrate at a fancy restaurant.  And then...

Enjoy!

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