Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Old Jews Telling Jokes started out as a website created by Sam Hoffman and Eric Spiegelman in 2009. Hundreds of jokes later it morphed into a book, a set of CDs and DVDs, and then an off-Broadway show that later toured the USA.
The jokes, told by Jews 65 and older, have been widely reprinted and reposted on the Internet. At Jewish Humor Central, we have used many of the video clips in our Joke to Start the Week on Mondays.
How did this project get started? TV talk show host Connie Martinson interviewed co-creator Eric Spiegelman a few years ago when the book came out. The interview is posted on YouTube in four parts. Today we'll share part one with you and give you some insights into the creative process for the series and let you hear some of the jokes, too.
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