For the first ten years of sound film, there was no one anywhere who was funnier than Groucho, Chico and Harpo--three Jewish boys from New York City. They bequeathed to later comics a love of chaos, a taste for oddball mayhem, and inspired wordplay.Read more
What Is It?
Jewish humor mocks those who are powerful and pokes fun at the Jews' often-downtrodden status.
How Jews' focus on language and texts set the stage for Jewish humor.
Jewish humor as a coping mechanism.
Are they foolish or just unlucky?
Poking fun at the Master of the Universe.
A comedy star with a fake Yiddish accent.
A Jewish comedian delivers bigotry with a smile.
Not your ordinary Jewish funny man (okay, maybe he is).
How a first generation Jewish American became an entertainment legend.
Jewish and Goyish: A classic bit of American-Jewish humor.
From the Borscht Belt to Broadway and beyond.
The late 1950s & '60s were a time of shifting winds.
Archie Bunker, National Lampoon, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Animal House.
Jews have been seeing the humor in their lives for a very long time.
Anti-Semitism and poverty make great material for jokes.
Great traditional Jewish jokes.
How clever they are!
The art of begging.
A hilarious video from College Humor's Amir Blumenfeld.
By Robert Menchin