Thursday, July 19, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Morey Amsterdam Finds No News in Newspaper


Morey Amsterdam was a great stand-up comedian in the days when political correctness was unheard of. His ability to come up with a joke on any subject earned him the name of The Human Joke Machine.

Amsterdam had his own TV shows from 1948 to 1950. Among his regular guests was song-and-dance man Art Carney. In 1950 he hosted the comedy-variety show Broadway Open House, TV's first late-night entertainment show, on NBC. It demonstrated the potential for late-night programming and led to the later development of The Tonight Show.

Back in 2015 we posted a classic Morey Amsterdam standup routine with Polish jokes, doctor jokes, and golf jokes. This week we found another one of his routines in which he finds unusual stories in a Newspaper.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Comedy Showcase: Meet 82-Year Old Comedian Fay Susskind


Last week we shared a video of a stand-up performance by David Weiss, a news anchor on New York radio station WINS, who came in second in The Jewish Week's 20th annual Funniest Jewish Comedian contest. Today we're sharing a comedy routine by 82-year-old Fay Susskind, who also placed in the top tier of contestants.

As Avigayil Halpern wrote in The Jewish Week,
Fay Susskind, who turned 82 in April, was the picture of confidence. Petite, in a white dress decorated with pink and red flowers, Susskind joked about the experience of dating at her age: “If anyone has a stray grandfather lying around, and he can drive or has an Uber account, come see me after the show.”
And when Fay Susskind stumbled over a punch line, the audience’s encouragement bucked her up and she tried the joke again. “Why do married women gain more weight than single women? A single woman comes home, looks in the fridge, and goes to bed. A married woman comes home, looks in the bed, and goes to the fridge.” Susskind received the biggest applause of the night.
Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tumbalalaika Around the World: The Boogie Woogie Kid


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 is by pianist/singer Matthew Ball. A former attorney, Matthew left the practice after he attended a hometown boogie-woogie festival.  He was so awestruck by the performances he saw that night, he left his career as an attorney to become a blues & boogie-woogie performing artist.  

Today Matthew is known online and on-stage as THE BOOGIE WOOGIE KID with a performance history that spans ten states, including everything from symphony appearances to Jazz and Blues festivals.

Enjoy!

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Monday, July 16, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week: "Haircut"


It's Monday again. Time for another joke to start the week. Today we're dipping into the archives of Old Jews Telling Jokes and finding one by lawyer Malcolm Busch.

Here's the setup: A fellow named Joe is at the barber shop. Dominic is his barber. He says "Dominic, I won't be here in three weeks for my usual haircut. The wife and I are taking a trip with her friends." And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sephardim vs. Ashkenazim - Part One: Prayer Differences


More than 2000 years ago Jerusalem was burned and the Temple destroyed. The Jewish People were exiled and lost their unity. In the diaspora, the Jewish People split into two -- the Sephardim and the Ashkenazim.

Although there is more that unites these two communities than divides them, the differences are interesting and sometimes funny. Today we're posting the first of two videos that highlight the different way the Sephardim and Ashkenazim express themselves in prayer. Later this week we'll take a look at how each group reacts to tasting the other's favorite ethnic foods.

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Welcoming Shabbat with Lecha Dodi by FDD Vocal Ensemble


The FDD Vocal ensemble was established in 2017 and includes five singers who are graduates of the Israel military rabbinate band. They have been a huge success in Israel and around the world.

The vocalists also appear in events and performances as solo artists themselves and sing in a wide variety of languages ​​and musical styles, from authentic Chassidic music to contemporary world music.

For this week's Shabbat video, the FDD Vocal ensemble sings a unique multi-melodic version of Lecha Dodi, the hymn sung in the Kabbalat Shabbat service.

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Showcase: Rodney Dangerfield on the Johnny Carson Show


It's another Throwback Thursday and we're taking you back 39 years to 1979 when Rodney Dangerfield made one of his appearances on the Johnny Carson show. 

In this ten minute episode he delivers a few minutes of standup comedy and shares lots of laughs with Carson.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Comedy Showcase: Meet David Weiss, News Anchor on New York Radio Station WINS


At the 20th annual Funniest Jewish Comedian Contest sponsored by The Jewish Week last month, comedian Mike Blech beat out nine other contestants to take first place with humorous stories about his relationships.

We searched YouTube for video clips of his performances, but couldn't find any that were family-friendly enough for this blog. But we did find a good performance by David Weiss, the runner-up in the contest.

Weiss is an anchor on WINS, the New York all-radio station, who voices its oft-repeated slogan "You give us 22 minutes, we give you the world." Here is a clip of him on stage last year in New York's Comic Strip Live.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

World Jewish Congress Presents the Hatikvah Project


Thousands of people from 50 countries, of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds, have joined the World Jewish Congress in compiling a special gift of hope for the State of Israel, to celebrate 70 years of Independence – singing Hatikvah, Israel’s national anthem, in one voice.

Enjoy!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week: "Shoveling Expert"


It's another Monday, and time to share another Joke to Start the Week. We're just back from a week at the Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Adult Vacation Center in Copake, New York, where we presented five hour-long programs of Jewish humor to the 100-or-so vacationers enjoying the fresh air.

We were also successful in finding a few joke tellers who volunteered a few oldie but goodie jokes to share with you. Today we're posting a joke by Ted Klein, a retired accountant with quite a collection of old jokes.

Here's the setup of today's joke: There's a sign on a stable saying "Help Wanted to Clean Horses' Stalls." On this particular Monday morning in walks a gentleman with a blue suit, white shirt, necktie, and an attache case." And then...

Enjoy!

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