Jewish humor is as old as the Talmud. Moses himself probably warmed up the crowd before parting the Red Sea with a joke about how it wasn’t the heat, but the humidity, that made summers on the Sinai Peninsula so unbearable, or riffed on how bland the matzoh was (…and such small portions!).
Well, now the website oldjewstellingjokes.com is doing its part to keep the long, proud tradition of Semitic satire alive and well, updating it for the digital age.
Created last January by 42-year-old New York filmmaker Sam Hoffman, the site features actual old Jews who look like your Uncle Morty or Aunt Sadie telling sometimes painful, but mostly priceless gags to a stationary camera. The jokes range between 30 seconds long and three minutes. The new season, the site’s second, starts today and will unveil new old Jews telling jokes every Tuesday and Thursday and even feature some celebrity amateur comics, like former New York mayor Ed Koch.
Until then, we leave you with this (slightly NSFW) clip from Louis Goldstein…would it kill you to look at it?