Dan Friedman

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Is it funny to be Jewish? Is it Jewish to be funny?

In Comedy, Culture, history on October 1, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Sarah Silverman is no accident. Adam Sandler didn’t just happen. Woody Allen is no statistical anomaly. Five thousand seven hundred and seventy four years after creation, the Chosen People have expressed a choice: And they’ve chosen to be funny.

At least that’s what American Jews have told a Pew survey released Tuesday morning. According to the Heebish citizens of the Land of the Free, Moses parted the Red Sea to lead the Israelites from bondage to the promised land not so that they could eat bagels (food=14 percent) or pray (Jewish religious law=19 percent) but so they could have a good chuckle (having a good sense of humor=42 percent).

 

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Jon Stewart Jews

In Comedy, Culture, Television on October 1, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Here’s a funny fact: Some 42% of American Jews say a good sense of humor is essential to being Jewish. That’s twice the number who think you need to observe Jewish law.

True or not, Eskimos are famed for having 40 words for snow: Jews on the other hand have Yiddish — a whole language for being funny, featuring a vowel combination that is synonymous with hilarity. Comedy, shmomedy.