[ExI] jewish humor, was the anti-Jews
spike66 at att.net
Sun May 17 19:11:09 UTC 2009
> ...On Behalf Of MB
> Subject: Re: [ExI] the anti-Jews
> > Repeating
> > Jewish jokes, on the other hand, run you the risk of being
> accused of
> > being anti-Jewish.
> Then a book such as "Asimov Laughs Last" is unusual? Or is
> it ok because Asimov was, himself, of Jewish background?
Asimov's two humor works, "Asimov's Treasury of Humor" and "Asimov Laughs
Again" are two of the funniest books I have ever read. They are full of
excellent Jewish humor, but the interesting part is Asimov intersperses the
jokes with insightful commentary attempting to analyze *why* the jokes are
funny. Perhaps we just share a similar sense of humor. At a Foresight
Institute schmooze, Chris Peterson managed to find a geek comedian who did a
whole show of mostly ridiculing geeks, mixed with a little ridicule of
hipsters. The crowd ate it up, and I nearly wet my diapers. If one has
ever heard a gay comedian riff a string of gay jokes or some of Richard
Pryor's earlier stuff, one must conclude that being [fill in the blank] is
definitely a license to make fun of [fill in the blank].
I will give one example from page 20 of Asimov Laughs Again, a condensed
A New Yorker is crossing a bridge and sees another man about to jump, asks
why, the jumper says "It is so unfair. I designed this beautiful bridge you
are standing on, but do the people point at me and say 'There goes Jacob,
the famous bridgebuilder'? NO! And I helped draw up the blueprints of half
the skyscrapers you see there, but do the people say 'There goes Jacob, the
great architect'? NO! But I get caught with just ONE LITTLE COCK in my
mouth, and they all point and say..."
Made ya laugh, didn't it? Why?
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