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Old Jews Telling Jokes (2009)

Jerry Block , Burt Busch , Sam Hoffman  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jerry Block, Burt Busch, Malcolm Busch
  • Directors: Sam Hoffman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CS5NWS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,114 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Old Jews Telling Jokes" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews


A little bit Woody Allen, a little bit Catskills, and a little bit Rob Reiner's mother in the When Harry Met Sally deli scene. And it's pretty much guaranteed to make you happy! --Elizabeth Bougerol, NBC New York

As simple as it is brilliant! --Jay Firestone, Jewish Journal

It's awesome! Whether you're Jewish or not, you'll certainly be entertained! --Jake Weaver,

Product Description

Just what it's called: Old Jews telling jokes. The 18 joke tellers featured aren't professionals; rather they're doctors, lawyers, a garment worker, a wine salesman - just like your favorite Jewish uncle or grandparent. With wonderful timing and mannerisms, and bouncy klezmer music backing them up, these funny old alter kockers deliver, with great delight, the off-color and risqué jokes from a bygone era.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well the title doesn't lie ;-) August 20, 2009
If ever there was a film (though this is really a digitally shot video) whose title told it like it is, this is it. For 44 minutes you watch, and hear, 16 men and two women - all Jewish and "moderately" old - telling jokes. Some tell a couple so there are 38 jokes in all. The only issue is whether the storytellers are "old". "Old is a relative term and most of the participants - each of who stands before an unseen small (based on the laughter) audience while a white curtain acts as scenery. Most are between 65 and 70 years old with the eldest being 75.

Think of this as "Comedy Night at your local synagogue". None are professionals but they have a good deadpan delivery. Some of the jokes hit you about 10 seconds after you hear the drum thud at the end. And many are REALLY funny. A few of the storytellers (there are short funny stories as well as one-two jokes) cover other ethnicities (Italians, for one) but most are the Jews laughing at themselves. There are quite a few "risqué" ones and private parts are often described so don't play this in front of your young kids. (They probably wouldn't get the joke anyway).

There are no real Special Features. There is a "find a joke" option - which is just the Chapter index and a "hear a new joke" option, which just displays a web site where you can hear more.

It is a lot of fun and makes a great gift for that parent or relative for a birthday or holiday. Giving the gift of laughter is a blessing and there's enough fun here to entertain the viewer for 44 minutes.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping You Laughing August 13, 2009
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"Old Jews Telling Jokes"

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Amos Lassen

I was very happy to hear that First Run Features was releasing "Old Jews Telling Jokes" as I had been watching snippets on U Tube for a while. However, when you have 44 minutes of non stop laughter there is reason for celebration. The movie is just what the title says--18 old Jews who are amateur joke tellers--some of them are professional people while others are men on the street. What they all have is a joke to tell and they do so in a way that you can't help but laugh. These "alter kockers" give us every reason to laugh and they are risqué and the jokes are often off-color. You get some Catskill humor mixed in with Woody Allen and it is not just for Jews. It is for anyone who needs a good laugh. The idea is simple and the execution is wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughing Out Loud October 30, 2009
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So there I was at home...working as usual...not in a particularly good mood. I take a break turning on my AppleTV and discover this podcast with an amusing title. I play one of the jokes (can't remember which one) and just break out laughing out loud till tears came out! They're not all quite that good but most are hilarious...ever since they never fail to make me laugh or at least get me into a much better mood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste but highly charming October 25, 2011
By smarmer
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Many of these appeared on youtube but having them all on DVD is convenient. The format is to have seemingly ordinary people tell their favorite jokes -- generally the sort of joke that has "Jewish humor," such as explained by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin in his book "Jewish Humor." By the way, I highly recommend that book as well.

One can see that most of these folks are not professionals. You can tell when the scene has been reshot and different takes are combined to be smoother. But the jokes are funny and the whole concept is delightful. Some of them are familiar, others were new to me, and a few had me laughing so hard I had to press the pause button.

For those who enjoy this sort of humor I recommend it. But it is an acquired taste.

Try it -- you'll like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't hesitate, buy it July 12, 2014
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Some of the jokes here are great and very well told especially when you consider that they are amateurs.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Boring March 18, 2014
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Maybe the first 10 minutes were ok, but after that it became a snoozefest. The DVD was a parade of people standing up presenting a single joke and then going on to the next person. The lighting was flat. there was no attempt for any stage interest -- flat lighting, no makeup, no changed camera angles, nothing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dirty Old Jews February 13, 2014
These are ordinary people (mostly retired persons) doing stand-up joke delivery. They tell one joke at at time, and editor switches between joke tellers between every joke.

About half the jokes were good clean fun; the other half are a brand of graphic, raunchy, pornographic jokes that I would be ashamed for my parents or grandparents to tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Jews Telling OLD jokes April 8, 2013
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This is a very silly cd but if you couldn't get to the Catskills, it's just as good. Thanks a lot.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
If you want a laugh out loud, laugh your butt off, and a most laughable time......get this video!!! You will enjoy it!
Published 19 months ago by Mark Louzier
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Jews Telling Jokes
I have listened to these jokes many times on YouTube and wanted to have these videos in a more permanent form so that I could watch them at my leisure or when I am away from the... Read more
Published on June 1, 2012 by Herb Schulsinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful hilarious book!
I first heard about the web site, Old Jews Telling jokes; they are ordinary people telling their favorite ethnic jokes. Almost fell out of my chair I laughed so hard! Read more
Published on December 12, 2011 by Richard C. Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars old jews telling jokes
I was very disappointed with this video. I purchased it to use as part of a comedy program I was planning for a group I am chairperson of, but after reviewing it with a committee... Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by charna
4.0 out of 5 stars Title says it all
If you are the type of person who can't wait for a family gathering just so you can hear the funny uncle tell jokes that make your eyes roll...this dvd is for you. Read more
Published on December 2, 2010 by GreenGuy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not That Funny
I bought this DVD and was disappointed because it is just not that funny. It is like watching a retirement home talent show. The jokes are ones we have heard before,nothing new.
Published on November 18, 2009 by Josette Michele
It's exactly what you think it is: Funny, stale, risqué (and not-so-funny and hot so stale and not so risqué) jokes, backed with Klezmer music, told by elderly men... Read more
Published on October 25, 2009 by Alan W. Petrucelli
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