Jewish joke?

A gentile phones his mother and says “Hey Mom, I know you’ve been cooking all day, and I know it’s your birthday and all, but I can’t make it for dinner tonight.” His mother says “OK dear. But thanks for calling.”

Borrowed from the “Falling off the Funny Bone” panel at the Blue Metropolis literary festival.

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3 thoughts on “Jewish joke?

  1. Right on! But there is catholic guilt and atheist guilt like you wouldn’t believe… :D

    Last night during the Sopranos episode, Hash (the Jewish adviser/ loan shark) tells Tony’s crew a joke… “A Jewish guy is gonna hijack a plane, but first he’s using his frequent flier miles… “

  2. Wasn’t the inverse of the joke used in a Studio 60 episode? Yup.

    I think you’re onto something here though. There aren’t enough gentile jokes.

    (I then tried to make some up. But they were mostly sacrilege. I’ll spare you all the weeping and gnashing of teeth.)

  3. The thing is, it’s not really a gentile joke. Gentile to gentile, it’s just a bland anecdote. But Jew to Jew it’s a huge joke. Gentile to Jew, it is arguably a smug slap in the face.

    And that’s part of what makes it such a brilliant joke.

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