Jewish Jokes of the 1950s & 60s

Jokes of the 50s & 60s

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Reprinted with permission from Reform Judaism magazine.

Henny Youngman


"I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up... they have no holidays."

Rodney Dangerfield


"I told my psychiatrist that everyone hates me. He said I was being ridiculous; everyone hasn't met me yet."

Groucho Marx


"Marriage is a wonderful institution. But who wants to live in an institution?"

George Burns


"This is the sixth book I've written, which isn't bad for a guy who's read only two."

Mel Brooks


"Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is if you fall into an open sewer and die."

Oscar Levant


"A politician is a man who will double cross that bridge when he comes to it."

Woody Allen


"It's not that I'm afraid to die; I just don't want to be there when it happens."

Marty Feldman


"The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with."
 
 

 

Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan is the author of the critically-acclaimed nonfiction book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books (JPS). He's also a comic book writer and a screenwriter. Recently, Arie wrote the story and dialogue for the upcoming House M.D. videogame. Please check out his website, www.ariekaplan.com.