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Those Fabulous Jewish Comedians

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You may remember the old Jewish Catskill comics of Vaudeville days:

Jewish JokesShecky Greene, Red Buttons, Totie Fields, Joey Bishop,  Milton Berle, Jan Murray, Danny Kaye, Henny Youngman,  Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar,  Groucho Marx, Jackie Mason, Victor Borge,  Woody Allen, Joan Rivers,  Lenny Bruce, George Burns, Allan Sherman, Jerry Lewis,  Peter Sellers, Carl Reiner, Shelley Berman,  Gene Wilder, George Jessel, Alan King, Mel Brooks, Phil Silvers, Jack Carter,  Rodney Dangerfield,  Don Rickles, Jack Benny, Mansel Rubenstein, and so many others.

And there was not one single swear word in their comedy.  Here are a few examples:

  • I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the airport.


  • I’ve been in love with the same woman for 49 years! If my wife ever finds out, she’ll kill me!


  • What are three words a woman never wants to hear when she’s making love? “Honey, I’m home!”


  • Someone stole all my credit cards but I won’t be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did.


  • We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.


  • My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night; only this time I stayed in the bathroom and cried.


  • My wife and I went to a hotel where we got a waterbed. My wife called it the Dead Sea.


  • She was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the estimate. She got a mudpack and looked great for two days.  Then the mud fell off.


  • The Doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his bill so the doctor gave him another six months.


  • The Doctor called Mrs. Kuhlman saying, “Mrs. Kuhlman, your check came back.”

Mrs. Kuhlman answered, “So did my arthritis!”


  • Doctor: “You’ll live to be 60!”

Patient: “I am 60!”
Doctor: “See! What did I tell you?”


  • Patient: “I have a ringing in my ears.”

Doctor: “Don’t answer!”


  • A drunk was in front of a judge.

The judge says, “You’ve been brought here for drinking.”
The drunk says “Okay, let’s get started.”

  • Why do Jewish divorces cost so much?

They’re worth it.

  • Circumcision JokeQ: Why are Jewish men circumcised?

A: Because Jewish women don’t like anything that Isn’t 20% off.

  •  There is a big controversy on the Jewish view of when life begins.

In Jewish tradition, the fetus is not considered viable until it graduates from medical school.


  • Q: Why don’t Jewish mothers drink?
    • A: Alcohol interferes with their suffering.


  • Q: Why do Jewish mothers make great parole officers?

A: They never let anyone finish a sentence!

  • A man called his mother in Florida, “Mom, how are you?”

“Not too good,” said the mother. “I’ve been very weak.”
The son said, “Why are you so weak?”
She said, “Because I haven’t eaten in 38 days.”
The son said, “That’s terrible. Why haven’t you eaten in 38 days?”
The mother answered, “Because I didn’t want my mouth to be filled with food if you should call.”


  • A Jewish boy comes home from school and tells his mother he has a part in the play.

She asks, “What part is it?”
The boy says, “I play the part of the Jewish husband.”
“The mother scowls and says, “Go back and tell the teacher you want a speaking part.”

  • Q: How many Jewish mothers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: (Sigh) “Don’t bother. I’ll sit in the dark. I don’t want to be a nuisance to anybody.”


  • Short summary of every Jewish holiday:

They tried to kill us. We won. Let’s eat.

  • Did you hear about the bum who walked up to a Jewish mother on the street and said, “Lady, I haven’t eaten in three days.”

“Force yourself,” she replied.

  • Q: What’s the difference between a Rottweiler and a Jewish mother?

A: Eventually, the Rottweiler lets go.


And my favorite joke of all (what, you’d expect something different?):

  • The Harvard School of Medicine did a study of why Jewish women like Chinese food so much.

The study revealed that this is due to the fact that Won Ton spelled backward is Not Now.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

Mee Magnum  (“Chop!  Chop!”)


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  1. Only thing is, most of them were “clean” only on TV. I dunno who you got this list from, but they’re completely ignorant in this area. I can pick out a half-dozen just at a glance that I know worked blue ‘cause I saw them! Lenny Bruce worked clean? Lenny F-ing Bruce?! Rodney? Rickles?

    And that last one is just a bit anti-Semitic…

    • LOL – all excellent points! And yeah, I’ve heard some Joan Rivers that was definitely adults only.

  2. OK, who is Mansel Rubenstein?

    The only place I find his name is at the end of the list of others, all of whom I am familiar with.

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