Jewish Humor and the Yiddish Joke
Wed, February 27, 2013 • 4:00 PM • CLA 1.302D
A lecture by Dr. Jordan Finkin.
Jews don’t have a monopoly on humor, but how does one account for the uncontroversial cultural phenomenon of “Old Jews Telling Jokes”? Humor played an important role in Yiddish-speaking Jewish life, and the joke was a central vehicle of that humor. While liable to be viewed only as entertainment, jokes possessed distinct value beyond the pleasurable, as evidenced by their conspicuous use in the development of modern forms of cultural expression. This talk will address these issues, examining what’s so Jewish about Jewish humor through the lens of the joke.