Monday, July 25, 2016

A Joke to Start the Week - "Major Airline Merger"


It's a hot July Monday, and we're spending it in the Berkshires on our annual summer lecture tour. But we still have time to post a weekly joke.

This is a very short one, so if you look away for an instant, you may miss the punch line.

Once again, we're lucky to have Michael Hirsch, an investment advisor for individuals and institutions, to deliver the joke.
 
Michael is a graduate of Brooklyn College, Class of '66. He attended Telshe Yeshiva during high school and Yeshiva Netzach Yisrael during college. When he's not telling jokes, Michael enjoys participating in triathlons.

Here's the setup for today's joke: There was a major announcement this week...a very, very large airline merger in Europe...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Comedy Showcase: Modi At Montreal Comedy Festival: A Jew Walks Into Home Depot...



Meet Modi Rosenfeld, professionally known as Modi.  He's not a newcomer to stand-up comedy, nor to acting on TV.  But we at Jewish Humor Central hadn't heard of him until he surfaced in a funny video about two Hassidic screenplay wannabes looking for Spielberg.
 
Modi has performed at Caroline’s on Broadway, The Comedy Cellar, Comic Strip Live and The Gotham Comedy Club. Modi has appeared on HBO’s The Sopranos, The Howard Stern Show, NBC’s Friday Night Videos, BET’s 10th Anniversary of Comic View, METRO Channel’s New Joke City with Robert Klein, and on Comedy Central’s USO Tour Live from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
 
In the video clip below, Modi is on stage at a Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal doing his stand-up routine.  The "Jew walks into Home Depot" bit begins at 5 minutes and 45 seconds into the act.  But it's worth waiting for. 

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Jewish Home Residents Celebrate 100 Years With New Version of Hinei Ma Tov


New Jersey's Jewish Home Family, now including The Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Jewish Home Assisted Living at River Vale, and Jewish Home at Home, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary of providing care to the community.

The organization, created in 1915 to take care of poor Jewish children whose families were stretched so thin that they relinquished them to an orphanage, the Hebrew Home in Jersey City, quickly became a refuge for the elderly as well.

To celebrate this achievement, the residents and staff of The Jewish Home facilities participated in a music video.

The song is a new version of the classic Hinei Ma Tov, (Behold, how good it is to be together) composed by Marc Rossio and produced by Uri Westrich.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Woody Allen on the Moose, the Costume Party, and the Berkowitzes


One aspect of Woody Allen's comic genius is his persistence at building a character that audiences can recognize and sympathize with. 

Drawing on his own Jewish family, he builds an image with stereotypical Jewish characteristics.

His jokes, stressing his own weakness and neuroses, and those of his family, can appear to be intellectual and anti-intellectual at the same time.

Here is one of his classic standup routines about the time he was hunting in Upstate New York and shot a moose.  

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday, #TBT

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Great Jewish Comedians: Ben Blue - Master of Pantomime


Ben Blue (1901-1975) was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. Born to a Jewish family as Benjamin Bernstein in Montreal, Quebec, Blue emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland at the age of nine, where he won a contest for the best impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. 

At the age of fifteen he was in a touring company and later became a stage manager and assistant general manager. He became a dance instructor and nightclub proprietor. In the 1920s Blue joined a popular orchestra, Jack White and His Montrealers. 

Blue left the band to establish himself as a solo comedian, portraying a bald-headed dumb-bell with a goofy expression. Producer Hal Roach featured him in his "Taxi Boys" comedy shorts, but Blue's dopey character was an acquired taste and he was soon replaced by other comedians. 

In 1951, Blue began concentrating on managing and appearing in nightclubs in Hollywood, San Francisco, and Reno. Blue and Maxie Rosenbloom owned and performed in Hollywood's top nightclub in the 1940s called "Slapsie Maxie's." In the 1960s he opened a nightclub in Santa Monica, California, called "Ben Blue's". It quickly became the "in" place and night after night was packed with top celebrities. Ben closed the club three years later because of health problems. He also made appearances in TV shows such as The Jack Benny Program and The Milton Berle Show.

Blue's film roles included many cameo appearances. In It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), his role was the pilot of the biplane that flew Sid Caesar and Edie Adams, and he played Luther Grilk, the town drunk, in The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966). His other film appearances included small roles in The Busy Body (1967), A Guide for the Married Man (1967) and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out? (1968). 

Here's Ben Blue in one of his pantomime skits on the Hollywood Palace TV show 50 years ago  (January 1, 1966).

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Rabbi Ari Wolf, Cleveland Police Chaplain, Delivers Invocation at Republican National Convention


Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the Modern Orthodox Rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump to Judaism in New York, was invited to deliver the invocation at the opening session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland yesterday.

But he withdrew his participation due to political pressure from members of his congregation and former students. 

So the convention turned to Rabbi Ari Wolf, chaplain of the Cleveland Police Department and the Director of Administrative Services at the Haredi Telshe Yeshiva in Wickliffe, Ohio. Rabbi Wolf spoke at the start of the first day's proceedings, around 1 pm. 

If you weren't in the convention hall or watching on TV, here's another chance to see the invocation.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

A Joke to Start the Week - "An Expensive Hearing Aid"


It's Monday, and that means it's time for another Joke to Start the Week.

For today's joke, we once again turn to Michael Hirsch, who's become a Jewish Humor Central regular.

Michael, an investment advisor for individuals and institutions, is a graduate of Brooklyn College, Class of '66. He attended Telshe Yeshiva during high school and Yeshiva Netzach Yisrael during college. When he's not telling jokes, Michael enjoys participating in triathlons.

Here's the setup for today's joke: Three Jewish men are sitting down in a country club, and of course the discussion turns to some things they recently bought. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Great Jewish Comedians: Stubby Kaye Sings Political Satire in Li'l Abner


Bernard Solomon Kotzin (1918-1997), known as Stubby Kaye, was an American comic actor known for his appearances in Broadway and film musicals.

In 1939 he won the Major Bowes Amateur Hour contest on radio where the prize included touring in vaudeville, where he was sometimes billed as an "Extra Padded Attraction". During the Second World War he joined the USO where he toured battle fronts and made his London debut performing with Bob Hope. After the war he continued to work in vaudeville and as Master of Ceremonies for the swing orchestras of Freddy Martin and Charlie Barnet.

Directors viewed Kaye as a master of the Broadway idiom during the last phase of the musical comedy era. This was evidenced by his introduction of three show-stopping numbers of the era: “Fugue for Tinhorns” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat” from Guys and Dolls (1950) and “Jubilation T. Cornpone” from Li'l Abner (1956). 

In 1953 he played in You Can't Run Away From It, a remake of It Happened One Night. Kaye is best known for defining the role of Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, first on Broadway and then in the film version. He also played Marryin' Sam in Li'l Abner, again on both stage and screen. In 1962, he played the title character in Michael Winner's The Cool Mikado.

In his role as Marryin' Sam in Li'l Abner, Kaye sang The Country's in the Very Best of Hands with Peter Palmer, who played the role of Abner. The song, a biting critique and parody of government and politics, is just as relevant today as when they sang it in 1959.

Enjoy!

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: A Shalom Aleichem Welcome From a Chorale in Italy



Bova Marina is a municipality in the Italian province of Calabria.

It's the home of a Polyphonic Choir that was founded in 1989 by Maestro Aldo Gurnari, a figure of considerable prestige in the local music scene. 

The Chorale is responsible for organizing the festival "Voices in the Mediterranean", now in its third edition. It has a repertoire that ranges from the most classical pieces of sacred and secular music from the period between 1400 and 1800 to excerpts from the Byzantine liturgy to emphasize the importance that Greek celebrations have had in the past in the territory.

Somehow Shalom Aleichem, a traditional song to welcome Shabbat, has also found its way into their repertory. 

Enjoy, and Shabbat shalom!

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Milton Berle is the Mystery Guest on "What's My Line"



Comedian Milton Berle was the mystery guest on the Sept. 11, 1960, episode of the popular panel program What's My Line?. Moderator John Charles Daly is joined by panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Nick Adams, Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf.

The panel guessed his identity on their last try. At the time, Berle was given much praise for his role in the film Let's Make Love, starring Marilyn Monroe and Tony Randall.

Enjoy!

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#Throwback Thursday #TBT