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Jtube: An Evening with Nichols and May: The Jewish Mother

Jtube: An Evening with Nichols and May: The Jewish Mother

What makes Jewish mothers so special?


Celebrated Jewish filmmaker and comedian Mike Nichols passed away this week at the age of 83. While most people probably have their favorite Nichols’ film – his Academy Award winning The Graduate perhaps at the top of most lists – we at Jewlarious will always remember Nichols for his portrayal of the Jewish mother on his show An Evening with Nichols and May. So if you love your Jewish mother and you love to laugh, watch this clip below. Do it for Mike and for your mother. What, it would it kill you?

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Published: January 12, 2013

What makes Jewish mothers so special?

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Visitor Comments: 110

(87) Shmuel Shimshoni, November 24, 2014 6:07 PM

So what's new?

What's better a son who doesn't call or even visit his mother because he's angry at her?

(86) Linda Hollar, June 17, 2014 3:24 PM


That's my mother, and we're not even Jewish! I've long loved Nichols and May. Genius.

(85) Anonymous, January 6, 2014 4:13 PM

hysterically funny!

Sounds exactly like me and my sons are good sports about it as well!

(84) Estistahler, January 3, 2014 5:08 PM

Too true. Even today. Now with cell phones kids only text

Too true even today. Now with cell phones kids only text. Even if they call they probably would have a hard time conversing . Soon it's going to be " mom ttyl "

(83) Harv Levy, January 1, 2014 6:03 PM

Why pain makes you funny

Pain doesn't make everyone funny. It makes some people mean. But Jews don't like to be mean. They will if they absolutely have to but it feels unnatural. Humor is a strategy that helps relieve the pain. Other ways of responding to pain are violence, substance abuse, social withdrawal, self-destructive attitudes and anxiety. Jews have high moral values AND few ways to 'look away' from lapses. Humor about our shortcomings without ignoring them. I had clinical depression for years and humor was an important part of getting through it. Often dark humor, but humor nonetheless.
Humor is a gift. I'm not sure I'd be here to write this without it.

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