Join The Conversation With Mishpacha's Weekly Newsletter

Tickle my Funny Bone

C. Rosenberg

Life is a serious business. Which is why we all need a good dose of laughter from time to time. Frum comediennes serve up humor even when they’re not feeling particularly funny, and offer wholesome comedy — but never mockery. How do they manage to pull this off?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ayelet Newman, the Kosher Komic, is a stand-up comedienne who has been performing for audiences across the globe for close to ten years. She has also produced comic audio CDs entitled It’s a Frum Frum Life and Life in Israel.


My favorite joke is…

A baalas teshuvah walks into a restaurant wanting to talk to the mashgiach. What she says instead is, “Who is the Mashiach?”

My jokes don’t really translate well on paper, however. Accents, impersonations, facial expressions, and timing are what make the jokes funny, not just the jokes themselves.


The reason this works so well is because…

my jokes appeal to a wide range of audiences. I address topics of everyday life that Jewish women can relate to, and of course they find the humor in everyday life to be hilarious!


The jokes nobody laughs at are…

nonexistent. Well, to be honest I only have one! When I first tested this joke (in which the punch line was a play on words) on my rebbetzin, she told me not to bother telling the joke. When this bad joke fails to elicit laughs in shows, I tell the audience, “Look how important it is to listen to daas Torah!” I am not here just to be funny, I can also give mussar!


I got involved in comedy when…

I got over my stage fright. People have always thought I was very funny, but I was afraid of getting up onstage. After participating in a self-help course, I got over my fear and began performing in public.BaruchHashem, my first audience was very enthusiastic, and from then on, I had the confidence to appear onstage.

To read the rest of this story, please buy this issue of Mishpacha or sign up for a weekly subscription

Share this page with a friend. Fill in the information below, and we'll email your friend a link to this page on your behalf.

Your name
Your email address
You friend's name
Your friend's email address
Please type the characters you see in the image into the box provided.

Weekly Struggle
Shoshana Friedman Cover text: promise big and deliver what we promise
Only Through You
Rabbi Moshe Grylak A response to last week’s letter, “Waiting in Passaic”
Are You Making a Kiddush Hashem?
Yonoson Rosenblum In communal affairs, “one bad apple…” often applies
Chance of a Lifetime
Eytan Kobre I identify with the urge to shout, “No, don’t do it!”
Work / Life Solutions with Bunim Laskin
Moe Mernick "You only get every day once"
Seeking a Truly Meaningful Blessing
Dovid Zaidman We want to get married. Help us want to date
Shivah Meditations
Rabbi Emanuel Feldman Equivalence between two such polar opposites is puzzling
Magnet Moment
Jacob L. Freedman Everyone’s fighting a battle we know nothing about
Secrets and Surprises
Riki Goldstein Top-secret suits Eli Gerstner just fine
Blasts of Warmth
Riki Goldstein Keeping the chuppah music upbeat in low temperatures
Behind the Scenes
Faigy Peritzman The intrinsic value of each mitzvah
Good Vision
Sarah Chana Radcliffe Good or bad, nice or not? What you see is what you get
Day of Peace
Mrs. Elana Moskowitz On Shabbos we celebrate peace within and without