Thursday, April 16, 2015

Jewish Humor Central Featured on Voice of Israel Radio Show

On the set of Israeli satire show Eretz Nehederet (Tomer Neuberg/Flash 90)
On Tuesday we were interviewed on the Voice of Israel radio network by Molly Livingstone, the station's humorist and interviewer on her show, The Big Falafel.

Molly shares our interest in spreading laughter and showing the world that Israel is a funny country.

Molly kicked off the interview with her comments on a 24-hour-visit to Jerusalem the day before by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, a visit that we didn't know about and frankly didn't care about. 

But then she settled into the main interview about Jewish Humor Central, how it got started, and how we manage to keep it going through 1,700 posts over six years to thousands of readers in 210 countries. OK, most of them are in the US, Israel, Canada, the UK, Australia, and South Africa, but we do get some in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

We talked about humor in Israel and how it differs from humor in other countries. Toward the end of the interview, we discussed the challenges of a humor site posting appropriate material on days such as Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, and Yom HaAtzmaut. We hope you find the questions and the answers interesting and meaningful.


  1. After about a minute of the Voice of Israel excerpt, I was asked me to click on a link to SoundCloud. No, thanks.

    1. Eric, what you saw was a panel that's supposed to come up at the end of the broadcast inviting you to consider listening to some of the many other relevant broadcasts that Voice of Israel plays every day. Something must have interrupted your listening that triggered this panel before the end of my interview. If it happens to anyone else you just have to refresh the blog post by clicking on the arrow in the address bar or any other refresh button depending on what browser you're using. SoundCloud is the service Voice of Israel uses to host their broadcasts so they can be available to listeners who missed the live broadcast. It is a free service, doesn't require you to register or disclose any personal information, and should be praised for enabling larger audiences to benefit from Voice of Israel programming.