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Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughs Paperback – September 7, 2010
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About the Author
In January of 2009, Hoffman partnered with Jetpack Media to launch OldJewsTellingJokes.com – a website devoted to video portraits of Old Jews Telling Jokes. Since then, the videos have been viewed over 7 million times and have been released on DVD by First Run Features. The site, covered in countless blogs, has been featured in New York Magazine, the Huffington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
Hoffman graduated with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in New York City with his wife Andrea Crane, a modern art specialist with the Gagosian Gallery, their son Jack and daughter Juliet.
Eric Spiegelman produces original Internet content for Jetpack Media, a production company founded by GreeneStreet Films in 2008. Before that, he was a lawyer.
Eric graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and from Boston University. He lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is funny enough; but I suppose I was hoping for a lot of stuff not shown on the website.
Director Sam Hoffman put out the word to have folks submit jokes and audition for the audio-only version. He got hundreds of replies. The result is that the best of the lot are included on the 3-disc CD set. While many of the jokes - recorded in front of a live audience - are told by their contributors, some are read by Hoffman himself - with acknowledgement to the submitter. Hoffman has also, expanded the concept in this audio version by adding introductions to many of the jokes, or the "chapters" (actually subject headings). He provides a background on Jewish humor and nearly always translates or defines certain Jewish or Yiddish words necessary in order to understand the joke.
A few of these "jokes" are legendary and have lived on through the years. But many were new to me and I found myself laughing out loud in public places while listening through my earbuds. Sometime it was the punch line; sometime the delivery.
And what defines "old" in the title. I'd change it to "older" if I could (but it wouldn't be funny, right? Most of the story tellers appear to be in the 50+ age range.
While non-Jews might find some interest in this product, its aimed at the Jewish population. And I can certainly recommend it for a few fun hours to lighten your day. Life is too short. Laugh a little!
as usual amazon beat their mailing deadline.
The book is really fabulous, offering Old Jews Telling Jokes: 5,000 Years of Funny Bits and Not-So-Kosher Laughsa wonderful mini-history of Jewish traditions in this country. I just loved it - I loved the mini bios, too, that accommodate the presenters. They cut a swath through all the various trades and circumstances of the American Jew. It's so interesting to read these little tidbits. I l also love the way Sam incorporates his own family into it - his parents, uncles and father's cousin - his own charming take on it all. No doubt thousands of others, like me, are going to go out and buy several as gifts for friends and family, come the Holidays. It's the perfect gift for my siblings and older nieces and nephews and almost everyone in my large "Goyim" family!
I am in a Board & Care, and I have a Comedy Night once a week. I have used some of these jokes, and my fellow residents roared.
Thanks a million.
firstname.lastname@example.org Ellis Simon
I highly recommend the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Got this as a gift for my 95 year old grandmother. What a disappointment. This book is so crude and dirty, there is no way I could give it to her for Hannukah. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
If the compiler of these jokes just kept out of the way, this would be more enjoyable, but the fact is, these are in fact old Jews telling the jokes, not professional Jewish... Read morePublished 10 months ago by John Mariani
LOT's of good ones! Easy, fun read.
Only heard a very few of them before. Loved the ones about the Jewish mothers.
Great gift for men hospitalized or in rehab. Open to any page and be entertained. Also one can entertain visitors.Published 13 months ago by Sharon L