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The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy, Vulture, January 2016

Fun read if you love comedy. I’m there too.

By Jesse David Fox
llustration by Giacomo Gambineri

From the Marx Brothers to ​The Simpsons, Richard Pryor to Amy Schumer: 100 bits, sketches, and one-liners that changed humor forever…

The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B.C. Yes, it was a fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.” Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it — something was definitely lost in time and translation (you have to imagine it was the Mesopotamian equivalent of “Women be shopping”), but not before the joke helped pave the way for almost 4,000 years of toilet humor. It’s just a shame we’ll never know the name of the Sumerian genius to whom we owe Blazing Saddles. But with the rise of comedy as a commercial art form in the 20th century, and with advances in modern bookkeeping, it’s now much easier to assign credit for innovations in joke-telling, which is exactly what Vulture set out to do with this list of the 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.

Read the full article on Vulture.

December 23-25, 2016 — Kung Pao Kosher Comedy — San Francisco

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

New Asia Restaurant
772 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 391-6666

Now in its 24th year, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy started out as a community service for all Jews who have ever been stuck on Christmas with nothing to do but hide under the covers, contemplate midnight Mass, or visit a Chinese restaurant… The audience began as 99% Jewish and has expanded to include Chinese-Jewish couples, interfaith ones, singles, families, gays, straights, undecideds, those who are far from home, and just generally people who like smart comedy mixed with Chinese food.

December 11, 2016 — Heichal HaTarbut, Modiin, Israel

Heichal HaTarbut

Emek Dotan 49
Modiin
Israel

December 11, 2016 at 8:30PM


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Elayne joins comedians Avi Liberman, Allan Havey, and Tom Cotter for the Comedy for Koby Tour at Heihal HaTarbut in Modiin, Israel. Bringing you some of the best in American stand-up comedy, Comedy for Koby’s twice annual stand up comedy fundraising tour has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for bereaved children and families.

December 10, 2016 — Yad Labanim, Raanana, Israel

Yad Labanim Raanana Cultural Center

Ahuza St 147
Ra’anana
Israel

December 10, 2016 at 8:30PM


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Elayne joins comedians Avi Liberman, Allan Havey, and Tom Cotter for the Comedy for Koby Tour at the Yad Labanim Cultural Center in Raanana, Israel. Bringing you some of the best in American stand-up comedy, Comedy for Koby’s twice annual stand up comedy fundraising tour has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for bereaved children and families.

December 8, 2016 — Hirsch Theatre at Beit Shmuel, Jerusalem, Israel

The Hirsch Theatre at Beit Shmuel

Beit Shmuel
6 Eliyahu Shema St.
Jerusalem
Israel

December 8, 2016
Two shows: 7:00PM and 9:30PM


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Elayne joins comedians Avi Liberman, Allan Havey, and Tom Cotter for the Comedy for Koby Tour at The Hirsch Theatre at Beit Shmuel. Bringing you some of the best in American stand-up comedy, Comedy for Koby’s twice annual stand up comedy fundraising tour has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for bereaved children and families.

December 7, 2016 — Gush Etzion Community Centre, Israel

Matnas Gush Etzion

(Gush Etzion community center)
מתנ”ס גוש עציון
Alon Shvut, 90433
Israel

December 7, 2016 at 8:30PM


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Heading off to Israel for the Comedy for Koby tour for the Koby Mandell Foundation with some of my favorite comics. Avi Liberman,  Allan Havey, and Tom Cotter.

The Koby Mandell Foundation runs therapeutic healing programs for those who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother, or child to terrorism.

December 6, 2016 — Beit Shemesh, Israel

Eshkol Pais

אשכול פיס בית שמש
Aliyat Hano’ar St 6
Beit Shemesh
Israel

December 6, 2016 at 8:30PM


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Heading off to Israel for the Comedy for Koby tour for the Koby Mandell Foundation with some of my favorite comics. Avi Liberman,  Allan Havey, and Tom Cotter.

The Koby Mandell Foundation runs therapeutic healing programs for those who have lost a mother, father, sister, brother, or child to terrorism.

Truth and Iliza Podcast — July 7, 2015

Iliza Shlesinger sits down with comedic icon ELAYNE BOOSLER to discuss life as a comic, annoying things comics deal with, annoying things female comics deal with, and the overall stupidity of morning radio hosts. They also trade songs they sing to their animals and it is THE MOST AMAZING PIECE OF MUSIC EVER PRODUCED!

Listen to this episode on Stitcher.

About Truth and Iliza

Henry Rollins once said “Nothing brings people together more than mutual hatred”- and Iliza Shlesinger believes that. It’s the driving force behind war, political movements, and trickling all the way down to a really good cat fight on an episode of Real Housewives. Iliza believes that there is too much positivity in the world and we all get excited for things that make us happy for moments, but ultimately fade. “Truth and Iliza” believes that anger lasts longer than love; and sometimes anger can create a beautiful thing. Join Iliza Shlesinger and her friends as they talk about all the things that bother them on “Truth and Iliza” every Tuesday! Produced by the world famous Laugh Factory.