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Old Jews Telling Jokes

No. This is not a reference to Jewlicious writers above the age of 29 (ahem). OldJewsTellingJokes.com is the brainchild of one Sam Hoffman who got his father to gather twenty of his old Jewish friends who then related their favorite joke on camera. This undertaking is described as an homage to the Jewish art of storytelling:

Storytelling is a Jewish tradition. You’ve probably seen Fiddler on the Roof. Whenever they ask the Rabbi a question, he tugs thoughtfully on his beard and says “let me tell you a story.” Then they sing… Jokes are like stories, but shorter and funnier. Old jokes tend to have a stigma, but they only last if they’re good. Some of the best ones provide a window to the culture of a bygone era. They can reveal the concerns of a generation or even the generation before. Anxieties of coming to a new country, of prospering, of assimilating, of having families, of fearing and worrying about, well, everything. Humor was and is the ultimate anti-depressant.

So far the site has three jokes and the latest is my favorite – it’s about US Health Care, something that is already intrinsically ridiculous. Oh and it also involves oral sex. They have a new joke every Tuesday, so make sure to go back to OldJewsTellingJokes.com. Click for the video after the bump!

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6 Comments

  1. themicah

    2/3/2009 at 11:48 am

    Why is it that some folks aren’t able to see one of the jokes? You say there are only three, but there are four (the healthcare one is the fourth).

    Last week when I sent this to a lot of family members, there were three posted (the healthcare one wasn’t up yet) but more than one person wrote me back to ask if there were any other than the two they watched.

    So weird.

  2. themiddle

    2/3/2009 at 2:44 pm

    That was hilarious.

  3. Sam

    2/3/2009 at 4:23 pm

    Hi, Thanks for the link and I’m glad you’re enjoying the site. I wanted to let you know that there will actually be a new joke every Tuesday and Thursday so please check in.
    thanks
    Sam
    oldjewstellingjokes.com

  4. Jack

    2/4/2009 at 4:05 pm

    Not bad.

  5. arnold p. brown

    2/18/2009 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Sam,
    I’m a friend of some the current performers. I’d really love to participate and have all of the necessary qualifications. I think the project is great!!!

    Arnie
    PS Check me out with Lou and Bert.

  6. Sarah Kanter

    6/28/2009 at 6:18 pm

    Sam,
    This is too cool.I’m not a old Jew, but man…I love this project you started. Grew up in Israel and just moved to nyc, to be around more Jews, and I find this. Awesome! I would love to help you out in an way. Keep me posted…
    Sarah Kanter

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