My Favorite Jokes

I love a good joke. Of course, what constitutes a "good" joke is a very personal thing, and one person's side-buster may leave other people staring in puzzlement. At the risk of boring some readers to tears, however, I present here my very favorite jokes, collected over many years. A few of these are from my father, who was a great jokester. You may pick up on my upbringing in and near NY City in the '50s and '60s. And, my connection to Unitarian Universalism is represented by a short section of UU jokes down below (or click here) and, reflecting my interest in music (specifically the cello), a section of music-related jokes at the end of the page (or click here).

The elderly rabbi dies and finds himself standing before the pearly gates. He is kept waiting. A while later, a bus driver arrives and is admitted immediately. The rabbi is irate – “Why am I, a respected rabbi, kept waiting while a mere bus driver is let in right away?” An angel answers. “Rabbi, when you gave your sermons, your congregation napped. When that bus driver drove his bus, his passengers prayed to God.”

Sol and Irving go to their favorite deli to get something to drink. “I’ll have a glass tea” says Sol to the waiter. “I’ll have a glass tea also,” says Irving, “and this time make sure the glass is clean.” A few minutes later the waiter returns with the order. “OK,” he asks, “who gets the clean glass?”

I am in trouble with my wife. She asked me what was on the TV and I answered “dust.”

The young man returned from college to celebrate the holidays with his family. His gift from his mother was two neckties, one red and one blue. He decided to wear the red tie for dinner. His mother looks at him and sniffs, “So, you don’t like the blue tie?”

In the European heaven, all the cooks are French, the policemen are English, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian, and everything is run by the Swiss. In the European hell, all the cooks are English, the policemen are German, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss, and everything is run by the Italians.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith went to see their pastor for advice about their marital problems. Mrs. Smith talked a mile a minute describing the situation, while Mr. Smith sat with a dour face. After a while, the pastor held up his hand to stop the talk, walked over to Mrs. Smith, stood her up, and gave her a long and passionate hug and kiss. “Mr. Smith,” the pastor said, “your wife needs this once a week, it will solve all your problems.” Mr. Smith thought for a moment and then said “Thanks, pastor. I will have her here at 10:00 AM every Tuesday.”

The elderly woman called the police to report indecent exposure by the young man next door. When the officer arrived he looked around. "Sorry, ma'am, I don't see anything."

The woman replied "Of course not. You have to stand on that chair and use the binoculars."

At a faculty party, the university president was complaining to the chair of the physics department about the high cost of research equipment. "Why can't you be like the mathematicians, " he said, "all they need is paper, a pencil, and a wastebasket. Or better yet, the philosophers--they don't need a wastebasket."

The nurse said to the doctor "The invisible man is in the waiting room and wants an appontment."

The doctor replied "Tell him I won't be able to see him."

Moses came down from Mount Sinai and spoke to the Israelites.

"I have good news and bad news," he said.

"The good news is that I got Him down to ten."

"The bad news is that adultery is still forbidden."

The elderly gentleman enters the Catholic church and goes into the confessional. “Father, I am 75 years old and happily married. But, last night I took Viagra, got two young whores, and made love to them all night long.”

The priest is horrified. “That was a terrible sin, my son, you must say 10 Hail Marys and 20 Our Fathers.”

The man replies, “I don’t know what those are, I’m not Catholic.”

The priest sputters, “If you’re not Catholic, why are you telling this to me?”

“I’m telling everyone.”

Two ladies are complaining about their recent visit to a resort. “The food was terrible,” one says. The other replies, “Yes, and such small portions!”

A priest and a rabbi, strangers, find themselves seatmates on a long flight. They strike up a conversation and soon feel right at home with each other. After a couple of glasses of wine with dinner, the priest asks the rabbi “Tell me, have you ever eaten bacon?”

“Yes,” the rabbi replies, “I tried it as a youth once, I am ashamed to say. It was quite tasty.”

A few minutes later, the rabbi asks the priest “Father, be honest, have you ever made love to a woman?”

The red-faced priest replies, “Once while at seminary I was tempted and succumbed.”

Says the rabbi, “It’s a lot better than bacon, isn’t it?”

A man goes to a psychiatrist. “Doctor, you have to help us, my sister thinks she is a chicken.” The psychiatrist replies, “Have you considered putting her in an institution?” “We can’t,” the man answers, “we need the eggs.”

A man goes into a bar with his dog. He announces that his dog is very smart and can answer questions. The other patrons are doubtful and ask for a demonstration.

The man asks the dog “What’s on top of a house?” The dog replies “Roof.”

The man asks the dog “Who was the greatest baseball player?” The dog answers “Ruth.”

The patrons are not fooled and they throw the man and his dog out into the street. The dog looks up at the man. “Should I have said Ty Cobb?”

One penguin says to another, “You look like you’re wearing a tuxedo.”

The second penguin replies, “Who says I’m not?”

I married “Miss Right.” Only later did I learn her first name was “Always.”

Three men are trekking through the forest and come to a wide and dangerous river. One man prays, “God, give me the strength to cross this river.” Poof, the man looks down and sees he now has a powerful swimmer’s physique. He jumps in and swims across the river.

The second man prays, “God, give me the tools to cross this river.” Poof, the man looks down and sees a hammer, saw, and nails. He builds a boat and paddles across the river.

The third man prays, “God, give me the intelligence to cross this river.” Poof, the man looks down to find he has been changed into a woman. She looks at the map, walks upstream a bit, and crosses on the bridge.

A woman is on a solo hike in the mountains when she slips off the trail and slides down the slope, catching herself at the last second with her fingertips on a small rock ledge. Above her is a slick rock wall with no handholds, below is a 100 foot drop onto jagged rocks. Despairing, she calls up to the trail "Is anyone there?"

A resonant voice answers from the clouds, "I am here my child. I will save you if you have faith."

"Yes, my Lord," she answers, "I have faith! What must I do."

"You must let go and fall, then I will catch you, and you will be saved by your faith."

The woman looks again at the jagged rocks below and then up to the trail.

"Is there anyone ELSE up there?"

The Pope was doing a crossword puzzle and was unsure. He asked a Cardinal "I need a four letter word that means 'woman' and ends in 'unt'."

The Cardinal replied "aunt."

The Pope said "Thanks. Can I borrow your eraser?"

Milton Berle used to go to an old folks home once in a while to put on a little show and cheer up the residents. One time he noticed an old lady sitting all by herself and looking rather sad, so he decided to pay her some special attention. He went over to her.

"Hi," he said, "do you know who I am?"

"No," she replied, "but if you ask the nurse she'll tell you."

The young seminary student was invited to have tea with the Mother Superior at the nearby convent. It was a lovely day so he decided to walk. His route took him through the seedy part of town. A skimpily dressed young woman came up to him and asked "How about a quicky for ten bucks?" He had no idea what she was talking about so muttered "No thanks" and walked on. A few blocks later another young woman asked him the same thing: "Ten bucks for a quicky?" Again he muttered "No" and walked on.

After having tea with the Mother Superior, curiosity got the better of him. "Mother Superior," he asked, "what's a quicky?"

She replied "ten bucks, same as in town."


Unitarian Universalist Jokes

Do you know about UU baseball rules? Three strikes and you’re special.

Q: What is diversity at a UU congregation?
A: Three colors of Priuses in the parking lot.

A Unitarian Universalist passes away and finds himself standing before two doors. An angel says “Enter the door on the left to find Heaven, with an eternity of happiness and peace. Enter the door on the right to find a UU committee that is discussing the possibility of the existence of Heaven. You may choose only one!”

“Give me a minute,” says the UU, “I need to think about it.”

The lifelong atheist and Unitarian Universalist dies and finds herself standing before the throne of God Almighty. “Wow, I really did not expect this! Why didn’t someone tell me?”

“Someone DID tell you!” God thunders.

“I meant,“ the UU replies, “someone believable.”

A fellow went to his first UU service and was later asked what he thought of it. “Darndest church I ever went to,” he replied, “the only time I heard the name of Jesus Christ spoken was when the janitor fell down the stairs.”

A Unitarian Universalist prayed: “Dear God, if you exist, please save my soul, if I have one.”

A fire starts at a Catholic church. The priest rushes to save the consecrated hosts and the sacramental wine.

A fire starts at a synagogue. The rabbi rushes to save the Torah scrolls.

A fire starts at a Unitarian Universalist fellowship. The minister rushes to save the coffee urn and photocopier.

A Unitarian Universalist was worried and confided to a fellow congregant, "I want to invite a friend to the Sunday service, but our minister uses that “J” word so much I'm afraid it will make my friend feel uncomfortable."

"When has our minister ever mentioned Jesus?" asked the other.

"I meant 'Justice'."

Music-Related Jokes

Q: What's the difference between a cello and a coffin?

A: With a coffin, the stiff is on the inside.

Told to me by cellist Thomas Maternik:

An hour before the concert, the symphony orchestra's conductor fell ill and was taken to the hospital. The orchestra administrators were in a panic - what would they do? The principal cellist came into their office. "I studied conducting in college and in fact have conducted this very piece. If you wish, I will do what I can." The concert went forward under his baton and was a great success. After, he went back stage and was confronted by the rest of the cello section. "Where the hell have you been all evening?"

Q: What's the difference between a cello and a large pizza?

A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.

Did you hear about the cellist who claimed that he could play 64th notes? And to prove it, he played one.

Q: How does a violinist keep her instrument from being stolen?

A: She keeps it in a viola case..