Jewish Jokes of the 1950s & 60s

Jokes of the 50s & 60s

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Reprinted with permission from Reform Judaism magazine.

Henny Youngman

"I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up… they have no holidays."

Rodney Dangerfield

"I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous; everyone hasn’t met me yet."

Groucho Marx

"Marriage is a wonderful institution. But who wants to live in an institution?"

George Burns

"This is the sixth book I’ve written, which isn’t bad for a guy who’s read only two."

Mel Brooks

"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is if you fall into an open sewer and die."

Oscar Levant

"A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it."

Woody Allen

"It’s not that I’m afraid to die; I just don’t want to be there when it happens."

Marty Feldman

"The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with."
 
 

 

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Arie Kaplan is the author of the critically-acclaimed nonfiction book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books (JPS). He's also a comic book writer and a screenwriter. Recently, Arie wrote the story and dialogue for the upcoming House M.D. videogame. Please check out his website, www.ariekaplan.com.

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