Al Kustanowitz founded Jewish Humor Central, an Internet blog, in 2009, to bring a daily dose of fun and merriment to readers who would otherwise start the day reading news that is often drab, dreary, and depressing. Each day thousands of subscribers in hundreds of countries get it by email, Facebook, and Twitter. Subscriptions are free.
The blog posts vary from day to day, and include jokes, satire, books, music, films, videos, food, unbelievable but true news items, and anything that brings a grin, chuckle, laugh, guffaw, or just a warm feeling to readers. Most are new, and some are classics. A long-term devotee of Jewish humor, Al has been collecting it even before there was an internet. For the last 25 years he has been editor and publisher of The Kustanowitz Kronikle, originally a family newsletter that went public when the Purim editions became too popular to keep private. Now they’re all available as a book, The Kustanowitz Kronikle: 25 Years of Purim Parody. In 2012, Al wrote a series of seven interactive eBooks with the series title Jewish Humor on Your Desktop. The seven volumes are subtitled: Volume 1: Old Jokes and New Comedians Volume 2: Israel is a Funny Country Volume 3: Humor in Jewish Life – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up Volume 4: Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places Volume 5: Yiddish is a Funny Language Volume 6: Jewish Holiday Hilarity Volume 7: Yiddishe Nachas All seven volumes and the complete collection in a single volume are available at Amazon.com in Kindle and paperback editions.
In 2013, Al started to produce and present lectures on Jewish Humor and Jewish Humor on Your Desktop, a unique comedy experience at synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, resort hotels and other locations. If you are interested in booking a presentation on the general topic of Jewish Humor on Your Desktop or on any of the topics covered in the volumes of the series, you can reach him by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 201-796-9273.