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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 160 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 collected 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 on the internet.
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 are included in Jewish Humor on Your Desktop: The Complete Collection.
In 2013, Al will be delivering lectures on Jewish humor at synagogues, Jewish Community Centers, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org