Celebrating the great Jewish comedians: Myron Cohen

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JORDAN PALMER

In the 1982 film, “My Favorite Year,” the lead character, Bengie Stone, a Jewish comedy writer who worked on a fictional version of Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Show’s” is on a date, and trying to explain to his non-Jewish date, that “Jews know three things, suffering, where to find great Chinese food, and funny.”

That line is sort of a punchline within a stereotype that so many of the great early comedians through present-day are Jewish. Well, I guess we like to laugh and make people laugh. What’s wrong with that?

And that sentiment is alive and well and celebrated daily on the website Jewish Humor Central. Each day, the masterminds at this website send out a daily email, reminding us all to remember to laugh, at least once a day.

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Today’s Chuckle

Just when we thought that there were no more Myron Cohen jokes on the internet, our relentless research found a vintage clip from The Ed Sullivan Show in 1962.

So let’s turn the clock back almost 60 years for a few minutes with this legendary comedian masking his perfect English diction with a Yiddish accent as he tells two jokes as a tribute to Jewish women.

Enjoy!