For years, Jewish comedians have dominated the industry. From Jerry Seinfeld to Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers to Gilda Radner, Jews have had a monumental impact on stand-up comedy, movies, and TV.
Now, newcomers have shown up and been passed the funny baton. These funny humans are carrying on the legacy of Jews in comedy and will soon be everywhere. These are the top five Jewish comedians to be on the lookout for in the coming years.
1. Jenny Zigrino
You may have seen Jenny Zigrino on Conan – where she talked about her relationship with a Hasidic landlord – or in “Bad Santa 2.” She’s also been on MTV’s “Girl Code,” “Adam Ruins Everything,” and “@Midnight.” She’s an activist who speaks up on Instagram about body positivity in between posting pictures of her adorable pug (sometimes in a unicorn costume). A must-follow if you’re all about girl power.
2. Ester Steinberg Gardenswartz
If you’ve tuned in to “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” lately or watched “Funny Girls” on Oxygen, then you’ll know Ester Steinberg Gardenswartz. Every Monday, she holds a comedy show in the Kibitz Room at Canter’s in Los Angeles, and she’s married to fellow Jewish comedian Noah Gardenswartz. She does an all-too-accurate Persian lady impression and recently performed in the New York Comedy Festival among other top comedians.
3. Menachem Silverstein
Menachem Silverstein is a Hasidic Jewish comedian with tons of followers on Instagram and TikTok, where he collaborates on videos with his children and wife. He once played a dancing rabbi on a Chanukah sketch on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and he always wears a yarmulke – and sports a beard – when performing at comedy clubs like the Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.
4. Jackie Gold
Straight outta Brooklyn is Jackie Gold, who grew up in the Flatbush area of the borough and now lives and performs in LA. Her debut comedy album “Maximum Occupancy” included nightmare tales about trying to find a man on JDate, as well as attempting to please her mother, who just wants her to find a new Jewish boy. It’s a little too relatable for a lot of us.
5. Pauline Schantzer
Pauline Schantzer grew up as a Jew for Jesus before abandoning the Jesus part and discovering her Jewish roots. She cataloged her spiritual journey in her hilarious and catchy songs, “Imma Real Jew” and “Dear Hanukkah.” For more funny vids, follow the comedian on Instagram, who also goes by the name Polly Wolly and has some more tunes about the Spice Girls and her Honda Civic. Don’t miss ‘em.