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* Doctor:”You’ll live to be 60!”
Patient:”I am 60!”
Doctor: “See! What did I tell you?”

* Patient:”I have a ringing in my ears.”
Doctor:”Don’t answer!”

12  Hilarious Catskill Comedians

12 Most Hilarious Borscht Belt Comedians


  • When she (and we) were little – when there was still this kind of classic humor on TV – we used to beg  mom to stay up for Johnny Carson because he had all the funniest comedians. Most of them were Jewish, and you could bet that they had worked the Borscht Belt in the Catskill Mountains, aka the Jewish Alps.

Here are some of their best lines.

1. Don Rickles

Show business is my life. When I was a kid I sold insurance, but nobody laughed.

2. Groucho Marx

I don’t have a photograph, but you can have my footprints. They’re upstairs in my socks.

3. Rodney Dangerfield

It’s been a rough day. I got up this morning, put a shirt on and a button fell off. I picked up my briefcase and the handle came off. I’m afraid to go to the bathroom.

4. George Burns

I love to sing, and I love to drink scotch. Most people would rather hear me drink scotch.

5. Joan Rivers

I hate housework. You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.

6. Sid Caesar

The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, he was a genius.

7. Henny Youngman

Getting on a plane, I told the ticket lady, “Send one of my bags to New York, send one to L.A., and send one to Miami.” She said, “We can’t do that.” I told her, “But you did it last week.”

8. Red Buttons

Ninety isn’t old. You’re old when your doctor doesn’t X-ray you anymore. He just holds you up to the light.

9. Shecky Greene

Frank Sinatra saved my life once. Five guys were beating me up outside a hotel in Vegas. Frank walked by and said, “That’ll be enough, boys.”

10. Alan King

Marriage is nature’s way of keeping us from fighting with strangers.

11. Milton Berle

A man is hit by a car while crossing a Beverly Hills street. A woman rushes to him and cradles his head in her lap, asking, “Are you comfortable?” The man answers, “I make a nice living.”

12. Buddy Hackett

I met this beautiful young girl, and my doctor said to me, ‘You better be careful. If you have sex with her for 30 days in a row, it could be fatal.’ I said, ‘Well, I’ve been going with her for almost 30 days. Little does she know, she dies tomorrow.

That’s the cleanest joke Hackett ever told. Playing the hotels in the Catskills, the comedians couldn’t “work blue.” In the clubs in Vegas, or later on cable television, they could say what they liked and Hackett was the most off-color — and the funniest. When asked about his act, Hackett said, “If it’s funny, it’s not dirty; and if it’s dirty, it’s not funny.”

In the episode, “Yada Yada,” Seinfeld suspects that his dentist converted to Judaism for the jokes. Maybe I did, too. All I know is that just about every Jewish comic — and many who are not Jewish — working today will tell you they studied under the Borscht Belt comedians. Hard work, impeccable timing, self-deprecating wit and an affinity for the underdog made it possible for us to be entertained and for many others to have careers in comedy.

Who’s your favorite Jewish comic, then or now?





* I just got back from a pleasure trip. I took my mother-in-law to the airport.

* I’ve been in love with the same woman for 49 years! If my wife ever finds out, she’ll kill me!

* What are three words a woman never wants to hear when she’s making love? “Honey, I’m home!”

* Someone stole all my credit cards but I won’t bereporting it. The thief spends

less than my wife did.

* We always hold hands. If I let go, she

* My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night; only this time I stayed in the bathroom and cried.

* My wife and I went to a hotel where we got a waterbed. My wife called it the Dead Sea .

* She was at the beauty shop for two hours. That was only for the estimate. She got a mudpack and looked great for two days.. Then the mud fell off.

* The Doctor gave a man six months to live. The man couldn’t pay his
bill so the doctor gave him another six months.

* The Doctor called Mrs. Cohen saying, “Mrs. Cohen, your check came back. ” Mrs. Cohen answered, “So did my arthritis!”

* Doctor:”You’ll live to be 60!”
Patient:”I am 60!”
Doctor: “See! What did I tell you?”

* Patient:”I have a ringing in my ears.”
Doctor:”Don’t answer!”

* A drunk was in front of a judge. The judge says, “You’ve been brought here for drinking.”
The drunk says “Okay, let’s get started.”

* Why do Jewish divorces cost so much?
They’re worth



12  Hilarious Catskill Comedians