Friday, January 20, 2012

Report From Israel: Gullible Tourists Lampooned in TV Comedy Show

Since we started Jewish Humor Central two years ago, we've been running a lot of video clips from Israel -- funny commercials, stand-up comedians, and skits from popular TV shows that put a unique Israeli spin on news and daily life.

We decided it's time to take a closer look at the state of humor in the State of Israel, so for the next three weeks we will be blogging from our hotel in Jerusalem.

One of our objectives here is to connect with Israeli comedians, comedy clubs, and producers of funny TV shows to insure a rich supply of humor in all its forms to keep you, our readers and viewers, laughing your way through each day. 

If you're an Israeli comedian who works in English or are involved with funny TV shows that are broadcast in English or with English subtitles, please call us on our Jerusalem cellphone (057-270-2758) to set up a meeting on the phone or in person between today and February 7.

Today's post is a clip from a popular Israeli TV comedy show called Tzchok M'avoda (Laughter from Work) where an Israeli tour guide takes advantage of the gullibility of a group of tourists on a double decker bus, and sells them phony souvenirs, such as a holy plunger and a holy trowel used by Moses to put a smooth finish on the tablets on which the Ten Commandments are written.

The first part of the sketch is in Hebrew with no English translation, but just bear with it for a minute or so and you will be able to follow when the tour guide starts speaking to his charges in English.

The tour guide is played by comic Roi Levy, and the gullible tourists by Benji Lovitt and Eric Samuels. Enjoy!


  1. Self-deprecation is fine but this fuels the anti-semitic view of Jews being only about the money. When we keep running this viewpoint the perception overtakes the reality.

  2. Kol Hakavod to the tourists who went along with the satire. I am sure everyone had a good laugh.