This Could Almost Make Me An Anti-Semite!
I am so jealous! Imagine a whole COUNTRY filled with people who belong to a culture that has cornered the market on the Comedy Writing gene! Too funny, and the more you know of the history of the region the funnier it gets.
Thanks to Caroline Glick for this Sunday chuckle.
Here are just some of the AMERICAN Jewish comedy greats:
(Edited and abridged excerpt from Wikipedia)
Jason Alexander, comedian, actor, writer, and director known for playing the iconic character "George Costanza" and for directing episodes on Seinfeld
Marty Allen (1922–) Stand-up comedian and part of the comedy team of Allen & Rossi, also dramatic actor in TV roles
Woody Allen (1935–) Yiddish speaking film director, writer, actor, musician and stand-up comedian who was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family
Morey Amsterdam (1908–1996) television actor and comedian
Edward Asner, comedic actor
Dave Attell (1965–) acclaimed stand-up comedian, and host of Comedy Central’s Insomniac with Dave Attell
Jack Benny (1894–1974) Comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, film actor, who pioneered the stand-up comedy art form, and who was an influence on the situation comedy television show genre.
Milton Berle (1908–2002) Comedian and actor, who pioneered the vaudeville and stand-up comedy art forms 
Shelley Berman (1926–) comedian, writer, teacher, and actor
Lewis Black (1948–) stand-up comedian, author, playwright, and actor
Elayne Boosler – (1952-) comedian
Victor Borge (1909–2000) humorist, and concert pianist
Alex Borstein (1971–) actress, writer and comedian
David Brenner (1936–) stand-up comedian, actor, author, and filmmaker
Fanny Brice (1891–1951) Comedian, singer
Albert Brooks Stand-up comedian, director, screenwriter, and actor.
Mel Brooks,director, writer, actor, producer, composer, lyricist, and stand-up comedian, who pioneered the comedy style and genre of mixing comedy with real historic events, in an innovative manner
Brother Theodore, legendary and infamous monologuist and comedian known for pioneering the rambling, stream-of-consciousness dialogue style known as "stand up tragedy."
Lenny Bruce (1925–1966) Stand-up comedian, writer, social critic, satirist, and free speech martyr, who drastically revolutionized the stand-up comedy art form,
George Burns (1896–1996) actor, comedian
Red Buttons (1919–2006) comedian and actor
Eddie Cantor (1892–1964) comedian, singer, actor, songwriter
Sid Caesar, actor, writer
Andrew Dice Clay, comedian
Louis C.K., (real name Louis Szekely), stand-up comedian, writer, actor, producer and director, who stars in his own show Lucky Louis.
Myron Cohen, comedian
"Professor" Irwin Corey, comedian
David Cross, comedian, actor
Billy Crystal (1947–) actor, writer, producer, comedian and film director
Rodney Dangerfield, comedian
Larry David, Emmy-winning writer, director, comedian, actor, producer, co-creator of Seinfeld and creator of Curb Your Enthusiasm
Bob Einstein, comedian, writer, Super Dave Osborne
Ray Ellin, comedian, talk show host, actor, producer, writer
Wayne Federman, comedian, actor, writer
Larry Fine, the Three Stooges
Al Franken (1951–) comedian, actor, author, screenwriter, and U.S.Senator
Jeff Garlin, comedian, producer
Andrew Ginsburg (1979–) comedian, actor, and three time champion bodybuilder
Elon Gold, comedian, actor
Judy Gold (1962–) stand-up comedian and actress
Shecky Greene, comedian, actor
Charles Grodin, comedian, actor
Christopher Guest, comedian, screenwriter, composer, musician, film director, actor, and founding Spinal Tap member
Buddy Hackett, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and producer, who used a lot of Jewish humor in his act, and who also served with an anti-aircraft unit during World War II, and set up the Singita Animal Sanctuary in the San Fernando Valley, California
Chelsea Handler (1975–) actress/comedian
Goldie Hawn, comedic actress in films and on television Laugh-In
Jonah Hill, comedian, actor, writer
Steve Hofstetter (1979-) comedian, author, and columnist
Jeremy Hotz, eccentric stand-up comedian who has perfected the neurotic Jewish person schtick.
Kenny Hotz, writer, director, actor, comedian, producer, photographer, who is the creator/co-star of the television show Kenny vs. Spenny (along with fellow Jewish comedian Spencer Rice), and creator/co-writer of the Showcase/FX series Testees.
Moe, Shemp & Curly Howard, the Three Stooges
George Jessel, comedian
Al Jolson, comedian, actor, singer
Jonathan Katz, stand-up comedian, actor, voice-actor who is known for creating, writing, and starring in the acclaimed animated sitcom Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist
Mickey Katz, comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, Klezmer clarinetist, director, writer, actor
Andy Kaufman, groundbreaking avant-garde comedian, who was the son of two devout Jewish parents, and pioneered the concept of anti-humor.
Danny Kaye (1913–1987) comedian, film actor and singer 
Alan King, comedian
Robert Klein, comedian
John Lehr (1967–) actor and comedian
Tom Lehrer, satirist, musician
Oscar Levant, comedian
BJ Novak, comedian, writer and television actor on "The Office"
"The Reverend" Bob Levy, stand-up comedian and frequent Howard Stern guest
Jerry Lewis (1926–) comedian, singer, actor, film director, writer, film producer, and humanitarian, known for his slapstick humor and his charity fund-raising telethons, who wrote, directed, produced, and starred in his own classic films such as The Ladies Man (1961), The Errand Boy (1961), The Patsy (1964) and The Nutty Professor (1963), among many others 
Richard Lewis, comedian
Bill Maher, stand-up comedian of political humor, among other styles.
Marc Maron, comedian, radio host
The Marx Brothers, (Chico, Harpo, Groucho, Zeppo, Gummo), legendary Jewish American comedy team
Jackie Mason (1931–) stand-up comedian
Anne Meara (1929–) [ Converted to Judaism ] Comedienne and actress, partner and wife of Jerry Stiller
Lorne Michaels (real name Lorne David Lipowitz), comedian, writer, director, producer, who is the sole creator, writer, director and producer of Saturday Night Live and who also produced the various film and TV projects that spun off from it, among other things
Bette Midler (1945–) singer, actress, and comedian, also known as The Divine Miss M
Larry Miller (1953–) stand-up comedian, actor
Dan Mintz, acclaimed idiosyncratic stand-up comedian known for his extremely deadpan delivery, keeping his eyes fixed straight ahead and never looking toward the camera or audience, who is one of a few stand-up comedians to use non sequitur oneliners in his act.
Jan Murray (1916–2006) stand-up comedian, actor
Gilda Radner, (1946–1989) comedic actress
Harold Ramis (1944-) comedic actor, director, writer, producer
Carl Reiner, comedian, actor
Paul Reiser, comedian, actor
Paul Reubens, comedian, actor aka Peewee Herman
Spencer Rice (aka Spenny), writer, director, producer, and comedian, who is the co-star of Kenny vs. Spenny along with fellow Jewish comedian Kenny Hotz.
Don Rickles, stand-up comedian, actor; pioneer of insult comedy
Ritz Brothers (Al Ritz, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz), legendary Jewish American comedy team
Joan Rivers (1933–) comedian, actress, talk show host
Seth Rogen, comedian, actor, writer
Jeffrey Ross, stand-up comedian, known as "The Roastmaster General".
Rita Rudner, legendary and influential female Jewish stand-up comedian who uses Jewish humor in her act.
Paul Rudd, actor, and screenwriter, who is the son of two devout Jewish immigrants from England
Mort Sahl, stand-up comedian and actor, who is credited with pioneering a style of stand-up comedy that paved the way for Lenny Bruce, Nichols and May, and Dick Gregory, and who also wrote jokes for speeches delivered by President John F. Kennedy.
Adam Sandler (1966–) actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, producer, and musician
Andy Samberg (1978-) actor, comedian
Robert Schimmel (1950–) stand-up comedian whose material is often X-rated and controversial
Sam Seder (1966–) actor, comedian, writer, producer, director
Jerry Seinfeld, comedian, actor
Gary Shandling, comedian, actor
Al Shean, comedian, actor
Allan Sherman, satirist, musician
Sarah Silverman, stand-up comedian, actress, and writer
Phil Silvers, comedic actor
Bobby Slayton, comedian, The Pit Bull of Comedy
Robert Smigel, humorist, comedian and writer known for being the puppeteer behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog and his Saturday Night Live "TV Funhouse" cartoon shorts, who also contributed to the Jewish album The Jewish Songbook: The Heart and Humor of a People. He is the son of two devout Jewish parents, and was raised with a strong Jewish identity, which included Jewish day school, travels to Israel, and Jewish summer camps.
Kira Soltanovich, comedian, actress, writer, star of "Girls Behaving Badly" recurring on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"
David Steinberg (1942–) comedian, actor, author, writer and director.
Stella, acclaimed Jewish American comedy team consisting of Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black, and David Wain.
Jon Stewart, stand-up comedian, actor, author, who is the host, head writer, and producer of The Daily Show
Ben Stiller (1965–) comedian, actor, and film director
Jerry Stiller (1927–) comedian and actor
Rich Vos, comedic actor
Gene Wilder, comedic actor
Steven Wright, comedian, actor and writer, known for his lethargic voice and slow, deadpan delivery of ironic, witty, philosophical and sometimes deeply confusing or nonsensical jokes and one-liners with intentionally contrived situations
Ed Wynn (1886–1966) comedian and actor
Henny Youngman, comedian and violinist who used oneliner comedy style
Comedy is not like running a bakery, if it isn’t in you, you cannot fake it. Talent tells and for comedy there is no denying the Jewish talent.
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