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[23]
  • Morey Amsterdam (1908–1996) television actor and comedian[34]
  • Edward Asner, comedic actor
  • Dave Attell (1965–) acclaimed stand-up comedian, and host of Comedy Central’s Insomniac with Dave Attell[35]
  • 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.[36]
  • Milton Berle (1908–2002) Comedian and actor, who pioneered the vaudeville and stand-up comedy art forms [37]
  • Shelley Berman (1926–) comedian, writer, teacher, and actor[38]
  • Lewis Black (1948–) stand-up comedian, author, playwright, and actor[39]
  • Elayne Boosler – (1952-) comedian
  • Victor Borge (1909–2000) humorist, and concert pianist[40]
  • Alex Borstein (1971–) actress, writer and comedian[41]
  • 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,[42]
  • George Burns (1896–1996) actor, comedian
  • Red Buttons (1919–2006) comedian and actor[23][43]
  • Eddie Cantor (1892–1964) comedian, singer, actor, songwriter[23]
  • 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[23]
  • 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[44]
  • Jeff Garlin, comedian, producer
  • Andrew Ginsburg (1979–) comedian, actor, and three time champion bodybuilder[45]
  • Elon Gold, comedian, actor
  • Judy Gold (1962–) stand-up comedian and actress[46]
  • 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[47]
  • 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 [23]
  • Alan King, comedian
  • Robert Klein, comedian
  • John Lehr (1967–) actor and comedian[48]
  • Tom Lehrer, satirist, musician[49]
  • 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 [23]
  • 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[50]
  • Anne Meara (1929–) [ Converted to Judaism ] Comedienne and actress, partner and wife of Jerry Stiller[51]
  • 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[52]
  • Larry Miller (1953–) stand-up comedian, actor[53]
  • 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[43]
  • 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[23]
  • Joan Rivers (1933–) comedian, actress, talk show host[54]
  • 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[43]
  • Andy Samberg (1978-) actor, comedian
  • Robert Schimmel (1950–) stand-up comedian whose material is often X-rated and controversial[55]
  • Sam Seder (1966–) actor, comedian, writer, producer, director[56]
  • 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[20]
  • Ben Stiller (1965–) comedian, actor, and film director[43]
  • Jerry Stiller (1927–) comedian and actor[51]
  • 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[23]
  • 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.