ED2013 4/5 Reviews ED2013 Comedy Reviews

Old Jewish Jokes (Ivor Dembina / Free Festival)

By | Published on Monday 12 August 2013

Ivor Dembina has a warning for any reviewers in the room: don’t overlook the title of his show. “These are meant to be old jokes, all right?” As long as anyone going pays a similar moment’s attention – to both the terms ‘old’ and ‘Jewish’ – they’ll be in for a pleasurable evening. The veteran comic presents his selection of the best observational jokes and one liners from a rich tradition of cultural comedy, within the neat framework of badging it as material he supposedly wasn’t allowed to perform at a synagogue benefit gig. Some routines are better known than others, but all are delivered near-flawlessly by Dembina. So, if old Jewish jokes are your thing, why go anywhere else?

Laughing Horse @ Bar 50, until 25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 6.00pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Sarah Richardson]