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Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs
by Sam Hoffman
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345522354, Paperback)A grasshopper walked into a bar and ordered a drink.
The bartender looked at him and said, “You know we have a drink named after you?”
The grasshopper replied, “You have a drink named Stanley?”
Schtick happens. For five thousand years, God’s chosen people have cornered the market on knee-slappers, zingers, and knock-knock jokes. Now Old Jews Telling Jokes mines mothers, fathers, bubbies, and zaydes for comic gelt. What we get are jokes that are funnier than a pie in the punim: Abie and Becky jokes; hilarious rabbi, doctor, and mohel tales; and those bits just for Mom (Q: What’s the difference between a Jewish mother and a Rottweiler? A: Eventually a Rottweiler will let go!). Some are just naughty and some are downright bawdy—but either way you’ll laugh till you plotz. With Borscht Belt gags from Brooklyn to Bel Air to Boca, Old Jews Telling Jokes is like chicken soup for your funny bone. I mean, would it kill you to laugh a little?
(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 16 Jan 2013 15:29:18 -0500)
Based on the popular website of the same name, a hilarious book features irreverent and sometimes bawdy jokes told by Jewish men and women over 60--including Ed Koch, Daniel Okrent and Harry Macklowe--and the fascinating stories behind both the jokes and the tellers.
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