What makes Jews so funny – Ayelett Shani – Haaretz 20.02.16 Prof. Arie Sover of Ashkelon Academic College, founder of the Israeli Society for Humor Research, explains where Holocaust humor comes from, why Jews are at the forefront of American comedy and why Israeli humor just isn’t as smart. ‘Humour is an existential matter; it’s not at all intended for entertainment or enjoyment. Humour is ultimately part of our defence mechanism… the foundation of Jewish humour is Jewish history.’
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