Sunday, November 6, 2016
William Novak, the co-creator of the classic Big Book of Jewish Humor, has just written a new book called Die Laughing: Killer Jokes for Newly Old Folks. It's chock full of jokes about growing older that makes fun of memory loss, marriages, medicine, sex, the afterlife, and much more.
They're not explicitly Jewish, but like most jokes told by old Jews, they clearly have a Jewish inflection.
You won't find many new jokes here, as most of them have been retold for generations and make up the majority of jokes circulating in the Old Jews Telling Jokes web posts, book, CD, DVD, and off-Broadway shows. But Novak has aggregated the 290 pages of jokes into nine categories and made them convenient to access and retell.
To promote the book, Simon and Schuster made a video featuring four young joke tellers to read seven of the jokes out loud. We're sharing it with you today. It's a quick way to start your day with seven laughs.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)