Thursday, July 26, 2012
Well, we finally got to see the off-Broadway production of "Old Jews Telling Jokes" and can say that it's even funnier than we expected it to be.
The audience, which consisted mainly of Jews of a certain age, tensed with gidddy anticipation as each joke and story was deftly delivered, and you could tell that they were eager to hear each punch line as if they never heard it before.
We couldn't find anything to criticize about the clever minimalist staging, the acting, the musical numbers, or the sequencing and timing of the jokes and stories, but on reflection, the show should be more honestly titled "Old Jews Telling Old Jewish Jokes." After collecting, chronicling, and sharing so many of them, we concluded that there is no such thing as a new Jewish joke. If there were one, it would age instantly as it was being delivered and immediately join the pantheon of old classics.
In the TheaterMania video below, Tod Susman, Marilyn Sokol, Lenny Wolpe, Bill Army, and Audrey Lynn Weston talk about their comedic influences, the interplay between them in doing the show, and even manage to squeeze in a joke containing three basic Jewish joke elements -- a shlemiel, a rabbi, and a slice of bread. Enjoy!
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