It’s a TV report about the Chicago incarnation of the off-Broadway hit Old Jews Telling Jokes that played for a couple of years at the Westside Theatre on 43rd Street in New York City.
With an all-new cast and some of the same jokes, the show made its move even further off-Broadway, actually some 800 miles off-Broadway to the Royal George Theater in Chicago, where it played through March 30. Now the show has moved on to San Diego.
In this video clip, Ruth Wisse, Harvard Yiddish scholar and author of No Joke, a new book on Jewish humor, explains the universal appeal of Jewish humor while examples of humor from the show abound.
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