QUOTE (rabbit57i @ Aug 15 2006, 04:36 PM)
This is an interesting article about anti-jewish jokes, not the jokes themselves.
This was written by Hugo Rifkind in the Times yesterday:
The Australian comedian Steve Hughes, one of several acts accused of making anti-Semitic gags in an Edinburgh show, has protested that he should not be held accountable for the heckles of his audience (“Throw them in the oven!”). Quite so. We managed to speak to Hughes in person, and were treated to a sample of his actual views. “If that was a Holocaust,” he volunteered, “how come there were Jews left?” A very reasonable question, as we are sure Mel Gibson and President Ahmadinejad would agree.
It's hard to know if he was just kidding because some comedians find it hard to 'switch-off' their act, but that's really bad. And not even slightly funny.
What I don't get is why it's offensive for Non-Jewish comedians to make references to them, but completely acceptable for Jewish people to. Whether it's funny or not is another story, but as long as it's not in a really harsh and serious context, it shouldn't be any different. Mainly though, it's humourous of Jewish comedians to make fun of themselves, because it's self-deprecating and audiences like (a fair amount) of that. So if you had dodgy hair or were an awkward height or something, you could make a joke of that and get the same effect.