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RE: Jackie Mason He’s Not

I agree with J.E. Dyer that James Jones’s Jewish merchant joke was not funny in more than one way. It was dumb in more than one way too.

I also agree that one should not tell ethnic jokes in public — and for politicians that goes double — except about one’s own ethnic group.

Since I’m a WASP — my last immigrant ancestor arrived in 1812 (under arrest, but that’s another story) — that means I can tell only WASP jokes. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many of them. Indeed, the only one I can think of is, How do you tell the bride at a WASP wedding? She’s the one kissing the golden retriever. Not likely to land me a contract with Comedy Central.

If anyone knows any good ethnic jokes I can tell, please let me know.