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“Old Jews Telling Jokes”

Monday, July 23, 2012

Daniel Okrent, a creator of “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” and performers Todd Susman and Audrey Lynn Weston, talk about the show, a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—new and old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world. “Old Jews Telling Jokes” is playing at the Westside Theatre.

Guests:

Daniel Okrent, Todd Susman and Audrey Lynn Weston
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Comments [9]

D Taylor from Los Angeles

You couldn't be more wrong, Moity! She's hilarious!

Jul. 30 2012 09:54 PM
Moity Pinkmensteen from NYC

Audrey sounds boring. Where's the jewishness in her delivery?

Jul. 23 2012 06:20 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Enjoying an afternoon chuckle. Thank you.

Jul. 23 2012 01:24 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I like the song list! Do they have Paul Robeson's version of "Zog Nit Keynmol Az Du Geyst Dem Lestzn Weg (Never Say You've Walked the Last Road)"?

Jul. 23 2012 01:24 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

These are really stories with punchlines.... Myron Cohen was the absolute master of this genre, building up the suspense, perfect timing, facial expressions, perfect timing, accents, perfect timing... and a bald-eagle look! (Not to mention perfect timing.)

Jul. 23 2012 01:20 PM
Jim B

Come on Leonard! At least one joke, please!

Jul. 23 2012 01:19 PM
Pete

Henny Youngman was actually born in Liverpool, England and moved to Brooklyn at a young age. I wonder if he'd have been as funny if he'd stayed here - maybe, maybe not. He probably wouldn't have ended up in the Flying Circus anyway, unfortunately.

Jul. 23 2012 01:15 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Recently read Mr. Okrent's "Rise & Fall of Prohibition." I highly recommend it.

Jul. 23 2012 01:08 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Trying to tell a Yiddish joke in English is a bad joke unto itself. It can't be done successfully. It just doesn't work. But the difference between Yiddish and German, is that one is funny and the other is dead serious :) That's why we have so many more Jewish comedians than German comedians.

I don't know much about Chinese comedy, ARab comedy, or even French comedy, but next to witty British irony, I think Yiddish comedy is the best. I still prefer John Cleese from Monty Python fame to Woody Allen, Seinfeld, or Henny Youngman.

Jul. 23 2012 11:56 AM

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