Sunday, July 21, 2019

Comedy Showcase: More Hilarious Standup Comedy from Orny Adams


Orny Adams (Adam Jason Orenstein) delivers a powerful, incisive stand-up routine that vacillates between the relevant and the absurd. Orny attacks what’s wrong with the world and sometimes even what’s wrong with Orny. He’s brutally honest, satirical and his performance is ceaselessly energetic.  
 
We first ran into Orny Adams at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal two years ago. Last year we posted a comedy clip of Orny in one of his Showtime specials. Orny has been performing on late night TV shows and other comedy venues, and he's a regular at the Just for Laughs Festival.

Orny has had one hour stand up specials on Netflix, Comedy Central and his third special More Than Loud aired  on Showtime. Orny has appeared all over television, most notably on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman and The Conan O’Brien Show. And you might also recognize him as Coach from the TV show Teen Wolf which ran for six seasons.

In this clip, Orny laces into millennials and contrasts them with the rest of us who grew up with germs, peanuts, and didn't have bottled water. His politically incorrect observations also touch on gender confusion, Twitter, and social media.

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Welcoming Shabbat with "The Shuk" Band in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Shuk

The musical group that calls itself The Shuk Performs live concerts and providing workshops and educational programming worldwide in communities, theaters, festivals, synagogues, private events and programming for Jewish events and organizations in over 30 countries.
The Shuk features an eclectic and accomplished cast of musicians, artists, and educators based both in Israel and in New York City.
They perform an array of Jewish Fusion World Music, World Music, Israeli Music, Middle Eastern Music, Jazz, and Progressive Ethnic Music across the world year-round.
In February 2016 we posted their uplifting version of Shalom Aleichem. In today's video they visit Mahane Yehuda (The Shuk) in Jerusalem and play a medley of Kabbalat Shabbat songs.
Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!
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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Sid Caesar and Nanette Fabray in "Shadow Waltz"


When Imogene Coca opted to leave Your Show of Shows to star in her own TV series in 1954, Sid Caesar continued his comedy on Caesar's Hour until 1957, with most of the same writers and actors. Nanette Fabray replaced Imogene Coca as Caesar's co-star.

Caesar's Hour expanded on the format of Your Show of Shows with many sketches running a half-hour or more, including musical parodies such as There's No Business and Towers Trot, and genre parodies such as Bullets over Broadway (a gangster movie takeoff) and Aggravation Boulevard (with Caesar as a Rudolph Valentino/John Gilbert character who fails to make the transition from silents to talkies). 

In this Caesar's Hour great spoof of light operettas, Sid struggles to play the part of the dashing romantic figure he's expected to be, while Nanette does her best to cover his gaffes. 

The song Shadow Waltz was written for Gold Diggers of 1933 - a Warner Bros. film by Al Dubin and Harry Warren.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday    #TBT

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Meir Kay Asks New Yorkers to Walk the Red Carpet During Fashion Week


As we surf the web looking for funny videos to post here, we come across some very talented funny people who delight in creating interesting and humorous situations to provide entertainment and reasons to laugh.

Because this is Jewish Humor Central, we try to find ones that have some kind of Jewish connection. Sometimes they're obvious, and sometime they're a bit of a stretch.

Meir Kalmanson has been posting funny Jewish videos on YouTube under the name Meir Kay. An Orthodox Jewish filmmaker from Brooklyn, his aim is to spread "happiness and positivity."

We've already featured six of his videos on the Evolution of Chassidic Dance, High Fiving Strangers in New York, Dancing Behind People in Jerusalem, How to Lift the Torah Like a Boss, Looking for a Leader in the Park, and A Hugging Spree in New York City.

In this video, Meir puts down a red carpet in New York streets and subway platforms and invites random strangers to strut during Fashion Week.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Koolulam Brings 2,000 People Together to Sing Mahapecha Shel Simcha


We just can't get enough of Koolulam, the singing project that brings Israelis from all walks of life who hadn't met before to sing popular songs together.

Koolulam has been bringing people together for two years. It's a social-musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society.

The project centers around mass singing events in which large groups of non-professionals come together to form a single collaborative musical creation. Koolulam brings together people from all walks of life to do one thing: stop everything for a few hours and just sing – together. At Koolulam, the audience is the artist.

Every participant enters as a unique individual and comes out, while still unique, as a part of a larger whole.

For every Koolulam event, a different well-known song is chosen to be performed. The musical team works hard toward each event, putting together a fresh and innovative arrangement of the chosen song. They write new instrumental arrangements as well as an original three-part vocal arrangement.

In this video, Koolulam brought 2,000 people together in the Jezreel Valley to sing a new three-part vocal arrangement of the song Mahapecha Shel Simcha (A Revolution of Joy) to celebrate Israel's 70th birthday. It took just under an hour to learn all the parts.

Enjoy! 

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Monday, July 15, 2019

A Joke to Start the Week - "Your Back Lights Are Not Working"


A few weeks ago, our joke to start the week came from a Jews Telling Jokes night earlier this year at Chabad of Downtown San Diego. Today we're sharing another joke from that event told by Rabbi Zalman Carlebach, spiritual leader of the shul. 

Rabbi Carlebach was born in Johannesburg and went to Torah Academy. He studied in Morristown, Leeds, England, and Pretoria where he received his Rabbinical Degree. As a student Rabbi, he traveled from rural Australia to Kathmandu, Nepal to share the beauty of Torah with others.

Somewhere along the line he learned to tell jokes. 

Here's the setup for this one:  A driver is stopped by a policeman. He asks why he was pulled over. "Was I speeding?" "No." "Do I not have a license?" "Yes, you have a license." The cop tells him "Your back lights are not working." And then...

Enjoy!


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: A Jewish Cowboy and Bull Rider Tells His Story



A Jewish Cowboy? A Jewish Bull Rider? Meet Texan Jonathan Hochman, a self-described Jewish Cowboy and the first Jewish bull rider.

Jonathan's devotion to the sport of rodeo is the focus of today's video, another trip into Jewish Country by the Israeli reporters Oriel and Lior who film and talk their way through a road trip across the American heartland looking for unexpected Jewish connections in flyover country.

And they've surely found one in Jonathan Hochman and his daughter Jimmie, who compete regularly in horseback and bull riding. They raise and train rodeo horses for Jamie to ride in professional and college rodeo events. 

They have 11 horses on their ranch, which they call El Rancho Loco.


Enjoy!


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Friday, July 12, 2019

Welcoming Shabbat with Sephardic Cantor Aaron Bensoussan



We're always looking for new and different ways to welcome Shabbat. Most of our posts reflect the Ashkenazic tradition. 

But today we're sharing a medley of Shabbat songs by Cantor Aaron Bensoussan at the Hampton Synagogue in the Long Island town of Westhampton Beach.

If you're used to the pace of Ashkenazic prayer, take a minute (or three) to keep pace with Cantor Bensoussan as he gets up to speed in playing his oud and launches into the medley including Lecha Dodi.


Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!


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