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Old Jews Telling Jokes

Nonfiction: Humor / Jewish Interest
Unabridged   3 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/08/2010

Audie® Award Winner

Old Jews Telling Jokes

5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs

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Audio CD ISBN:9781615735136
Digital Download ISBN:9781615735143


Hilarious, sometimes raunchy tales lustily told by amateur comedians, all Jewish, all over 60. A hysterically funny celebration of Jewish language and culture. Contains explicit material.

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Product Description

Jews have a centuries-old tradition of telling jokes, from the ghettos of Europe to Hollywood and the Catskills. Jewish jokes are entertainment, the oral history of a culture, insightful social criticism, and survival tactic rolled into one.

In 2008, Hollywood director and producer Sam Hoffman launched a website called “Old Jews Telling Jokes.” It’s just what it says: Jewish men and women over 60 sharing their favorite stories, tales, riddles, and punchlines.

The jokes are funny and reassuringly familiar, each told with gusto and infused with a lifetime of experience. For the book and audio, they are organized into chapters: Jewish Mothers, Food, Rabbis, Husbands and Wives, Sex, Illness and Doctors, Getting Old, Death, Oral Sex. Yes, you read that right. You ’ll also hear judiciously chosen curses and other off-color language. Things get risqué. So what can you do? Enjoy, and laugh out loud.


“An amazing variety of stories, both innocent and earthy . . . likely to delight all who listen.”

“Anyone with fond memories of great-uncle Sol telling bad jokes after that fourth glass of wine at the Passover seder will probably find a chuckle—or at least a groan of recognition.”
      —Publishers Weekly

“Like welcoming an old-time Jewish comic, a Borsht Belter, into your living room and then sitting back to enjoy as they do their shtick.”
      —Jewish Book World

“Chock-full of funny stuff!”
      —Mel Brooks

“The best of a disappearing art.”
      —Mark Harris, New York Magazine

Author Bio

Hollywood director and producer SAM HOFFMAN launched the enormously successful website “Old Jews Telling Jokes” (www.oldjewstellingjokes.com) in 1999, born of his own fondness for the funny tales he heard from his father, family and friends over four decades. He lives in New York. ERIC SPIEGELMAN is the founder of Jetpack Media, which produced the OldJewsTellingJokes.com website. He lives in Los Angeles.