The Jewish Joke: A Short History-with Punchlines

The Jewish Joke: A Short History-with Punchlines

by Devorah Baum

Hardcover

$22.95
View All Available Formats & Editions
Members save with free shipping everyday! 
See details

Overview

Heard the one about the Rabbi and the cow from Minsk? Look no further than this witty compendium, a fascinating and revealing celebration of the great Jewish Joke.

Comedy is full of famously funny Jews, from Groucho Marx to Sarah Silverman, from Larry David to Jerry Seinfeld. This smart and funny book includes tales from many of these much-loved comics, and will appeal to their broad audience, while revealing the history, context and wider culture of Jewish joking.

The Jewish joke is as old as Abraham, and like the Jews themselves it has wandered over the world, learned countless new languages, worked with a range of different materials, been performed in front of some pretty hostile crowds, and yet still retained its own distinctive identity. So what is it that animates the Jewish joke? Why are Jews so often thought of as "funny"? And how old can a joke get?

The Jewish Joke is a brilliant—and laugh-out-loud funny—riff on what sets Jewish jokes apart from other jokes, why they are important to Jewish identity, and how they work. Ranging from self-deprecation to anti-Semitism, politics to sex, Devorah Baum looks at the history of Jewish joking and asks whether the Jewish joke has a future.

With jokes from Lena Dunham to Woody Allen, as well as Freud and Marx (Groucho, mostly), Baum balances serious research with light-hearted humor and provides fascinating insight into this well-known and much loved cultural phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777429
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Devorah Baum is the author of Feeling Jewish: A Book for Just About Anyone (Yale, 2017) and co-director of the documentary film The New Man. She is Lecturer in English Literature and Critical Theory at the University of Southampton and affiliate of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations.

Table of Contents

Contents

INTRODUCTION

How do you tell the difference between a shlemiel and a shlimazel?

LESS ESSAY, MORE EXAMPLES

How do you tell the difference between one Jew and another Jew?

How do you tell the difference between a Jew and a Gentile?

How do you tell the difference between a Jewish person and a comedian?

How do you tell the difference between a Jew and a parrot?

How do you tell the difference between a Jew and an anti-Semite?

How do you tell the difference between joking and not joking?

How do you tell the difference between a blessing and a curse?

How do you tell the difference between a good deal and a bad deal?

How do you tell the difference between a tailor and a psychiatrist?

How do you tell the difference between morality and neurosis?

How do you tell the difference between a Jewish woman and a shiksa?

How do you tell the difference between a Jewish mother and a Jewish mother-in-law?

How do you tell the difference between a male Jewish comedian and a female Jewish comedian?

How do you tell the difference between a king and a beggar?

How do you tell the difference between Jews and Israelis?

How do you tell the difference between life and death?

How do you tell the difference between the Trinity and the Almighty?

How do you tell the difference between man and God?

How do you tell the difference between a good joke and a bad joke?

How do you tell the difference between comedy and theology?

How do you tell the difference between Jewish and Goyish?

How do you tell the difference between sporting and joking?

AND FINALLY…

How do you tell the difference?

Customer Reviews