By Mark Maier, September 25, 2008
Ahead of his first Jewish stand-up show, comedian Mark Maier reveals why, in his view, we are our own funniest sources of humour
Comedy, as we know, is an area dominated by Jews. Woody Allen, Larry David, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mel Brooks... countless others. Just as well known is the explanation as to why Jews are so funny. We are outsiders with a long and troubled history, and making jokes is a good way of dealing with the pain and, at the same time, making non-Jews feel slightly better-disposed towards us. Possibly.