The famous Jewish names in comedy are too many to list. Why does it seem that humor is embedded in our DNA?  In the new exhibit “Let There Be Laughter – Jewish Humor Around the World”  visitors to Beit Hatfutsot – the Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv take  a lighthearted look at the origins of Jewish humor and the major contributions of Jews as superstar comedy writers, producers and comedians throughout history and around the world. The fun begins as you travel back to the Catskills comedy stage, relax on the Seinfeld TV set and sing along with Adam Sandler. Practice your own comedy stand up routine.

Start exercising your facial muscles for some serious laughing, as we launch a special new exhibition, exploring Jewish Humor.

What makes Jews so funny?  And how did “The People of the Book” turn out to be superstar writers, producers and comedians? The museum takes a lighthearted look at the origins of Jewish humor and the major contributions of Jews to the rise of a global industry.

This exhibition explores why Jews take their jokes so seriously. It celebrates the diversity and vitality of Jewish humor and explores how elements of Jewish joking have remained constant regardless of time, place, and language.  Along the way, we’ll have some fun.

The exhibition includes cutting edge interactive stations to allow visitors to have their say about what makes them laugh. Our vision is that the exhibition, rich in history and challenging questions about culture in the present, will also become a space of laughter and joy for anyone who walks in.

Groups are invited to book a visit that will be followed by a conversation with acclaimed comedian and educator Benji Lovitt whose unique perspectives are mined from the intersection of American and Israeli cultures. The group will explore Jewish identity and humor on a deeper level, gaining a greater appreciation of our rich history.