You Don't Have To Be Jewish / When You're In Love The Whole World Is Jewish (1966 Studio Cast) Cast Recording
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Booker himself may not be Jewish, but most of the cast are, and the material certainly is. Many of the jokes are taken from Jewish vaudeville, the Yiddish theater, the Borscht Belt, and the stetls of Eastern Europe. For some reason, this type of humor seems to have gone out of style in recent years, which is really too bad, because it's an important part of Jewish history and culture. Most of the Jews in my generation know these jokes, even if they've never heard the CD. So nu, why should the younger generations miss out on such good laughs?
In addition to classic shticks, there are some original songs that I just love. "The Ballad of Irving" (the 142nd-fastest gun in the West) pokes fun at Hollywood cowboy images, while "Things Might Have Been Different" humorously conjectures what the world would be like if various historical characters and events had been Jewish.Read more ›
Bob Booker and George Foster, neither members of the Tribe, hopped on the Zeitgeist and produced several funny albums based on Jewish stories and humor with some modernizing touches. My father loved these records and I heard all of them many times, so many times they are as much a part of my childhood as my family.
The question is, are these albums still funny? Anti-semitism is on the rise. Israel is painted as bad for defending itself against suicide bombers. Paul Wellstone goes down in an aircrash. Beck doesn't play up his background and who wants Courtney Love? Adam Sandler makes Jerry Lewis look like a genius.
So it was as a nostaglia trip that I ordered this CD. My wife had never heard it either. When I put the CD on, my heart melted, and I began to laugh, understanding the jokes a lot better at 42 than at 6. This is a funny record, still funny and dead on.
My daughter's favorite piece is "My husband the monster," as was mine. History repeats itself. Politicians and rock stars come and go, usually not fast enough, but a good laugh is eternal.
Now release "The Jewish Princess" and my life will be complete.
Most of the time the jokes are incomprehensible to non-Jews, or people who are unacquainted to Jewish Culture, but that's okay, it makes them funnier to those who get it, like a private joke. My favorite Jewish Joke is a good example of this: A guy trapped on a desert island for twenty years keeps himself sane with his faith. He builds, by hand, TWO beautiful temples. When asked why, he explains, "This is the one I attend. I would not set foot in that one if you PAID me!"
This is a collection of some of the best Jewish comedians/actors of the time like Lou Jacobi, Phil Leeds (last seen on Seinfeld), and a very young Valerie "Rhoda" Harper. The jokes are mostly old chestnuts, but they're done with such joy that you don't mind. "The Ballad of Irving" is a classic, alone worth having the cds for.
I'm sorry they didn't make this a 3-disc set. The third album in this series, "The Yiddish are Coming! The Yiddish are Coming!" featured most of the same cast, with most of the sketches about the war in the Middle East. Perhaps a little too political (not to mention dated) but if you can score a copy of the original album, it's well worth it.
Vinnie (not Jewish, but kosher enough to pass)
Growing up in my family in the Canal Zone, with three older siblings, was never dull. In fact, we were what you might call a family who loved to perform. We were kind of the Jewish Partidge Family.
What did we most often perform? Shtick from this album. It seems that before I was born (I'm the youngest with siblings between 11 and 17 years older than me), my family owned a copy of When You're in Love the Whole World is Jewish, and they all committed it to memory. By the time I came along, the album was long gone, but the shtick remained.
The Airplane, the Bank Robbery, the Cemetary, the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, these all and more flow in me like the blood through my veins. With my siblings (and me) performing these to amazed (or were they really horrified?) family and friends, these old chestnuts became part of our repetoire.
Imagine, then, my surprise to find a copy of this for sale on Amazon. I've never heard this CD, but I know it by heart. I ordered my copy today, and can't wait for it to arrive, so I can begin to educate my two children on the joys of being part of a "Whole World [that] Is Jewish..."
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What a flashback to my childhood! I love it. My husband and I have entered the jokes into our lexicon. Buy it!Published 8 months ago by Susan Coonin Kogon
Just as hilarious as when I used to listen to this back in the late 60's and early 70's. This should be re-released!Published 15 months ago by David
I grew up on this album and I'm still laughing after all these years--to the extent that if I have a friend--Jewish or someone who thinks they are--who is going through a rough... Read morePublished on December 25, 2013 by L. A. Friedman
For years I have been trying to track down this particular track to play for my daughter in law and was so pleased to find it at last. It arrived safely in good time . Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by Mairead
This has so many funny skits in which U just want to repeat! My brother and I love this album and it reminds us of when we were young listening to it in the house.Published on August 25, 2013 by Jane Schlossman