The Best Jewish Humor, Jewish Jokes and Jewish Comedians

What is Jewish humor and why are Jewish jokes funny?

Jackie Mason. Bob Mankoff. Judy Gold. Different Jewish backgrounds and different flavors of Jewish humor but all funny.

Moment explores Jewish humor from many styles and perspectives. Below is a collection  of Jewish jokes that will keep you laughing for days.  Moment  interviews with historians about the evolution of Jewish humor. Plus conversation with master Jewish comedians, who they are and how they got to be so funny.

Jewish Jokes

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What Is Your Favorite Jewish Joke—And Why?

Jewish humor from over 40 celebrities

We asked joke tellers, writers and scholars to share their favorite Jewish joke and explain why it’s funny or meaningful. Fair warning: Some jokes in this collection will make you laugh, others will make you groan and grimace, and many are for mature audiences only.

Read the listen to their jokes here.

Jewish Humor Explained

What’s So Funny About Jewish Humor with William Novak

with William Novak, co-editor of The Big Book of Jewish Humor

Jewish jokes are a precious commodity and a special part of our heritage. Some of the best ones are worth looking at as succinct and entertaining expressions of our values. William Novak, co-editor of The Big Book of Jewish Humor, in print since 1981, explores some of the values behind the jokes and how they can be treated as secular Jewish texts. From well-known classics to relatively obscure examples, there is some history, commentary and plenty of laughs.

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Jewish jokes explained by ChatGPT

AI…oy, oy!

We all have our favorite Jewish jokes. But why are Jewish jokes so funny?

Borscht Belt comedian Jackie Mason

What is Jewish Humor?

Jackie Mason and the Borsht Belt and more

Is Borscht Belt humor back? Those snappy jokes and put-downs with their Yiddishisms, their homey feel and their often Jewish orientation? You know the kind: “I should have been a doctor. In what other profession can a man tell a woman to take off her clothes and send the bill to her husband?”

Meet the funniest Jewish comedians

Laughter in a time of mourning with MODI

Meet the hottest new Jewish comedian

Can we still laugh while we’re sad and angry, fearful and uncertain about the war in Israel and rise of antisemitism? Join Israeli-born, Long Island-raised comedian MODI, for a conversation about the healing power of laughter and how it can bring us together as a community.

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Tiffany Haddish Jewish Comedy Special 2019

Tiffany Haddish Gives Jewish Humor a “Black Mitzvah”

New Jewish humor at its best

You might expect an African-American Jewish comic to regard their faith ironically, if at all—a tool for scoring some easy culture-clash laughs. but Tiffany Haddish is serious about her faith and the sense of identity it gives her. Haddish  displays the next evolution of Jewish comedy; Jewish humor that fits neatly inside other ethnic humor, rather than apart from it. The sheer, jubilant force of Haddish’s personality allows her to plant her feet in two distinct cultures at once, without ever feeling out of place in either.

Meet Tiffany Haddish and the explore the next version of Jewish humor.

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Jewish Comedian: Leah Forster

Leah Forster on Life as and Orthodox Jewish Comedian

Leah Forster, 36, is an ultra-Orthodox female standup comic—a rare occurrence if ever there was one—and she has always been a controversial figure. Her personal artistic journey has been a bumpy ride. She has returned to the stage, out as a lesbian and legally married, Forster continues to be Shomer Shabbos, maintains a kosher home and fasts on Yom Kippur.  My mother-in-law and I did agree on something. We both thought that my husband should have married another woman,” she quips in one video.

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