1 year ago
Last edited at 2:01AM on 12/23/2012
The joke starts with a mention of a black Dracula named Blacula and asks if you know there's also a Jewish Dracula. That starts most people wondering how you could combine "Jew" with "Dracula" and get anything sensible. "Jewcula"? So you're not expecting a plain Jewish name and that's what makes it funny.
It's that same unexpectedness that makes it funny in Woody Allen's movie, but the fact it was used in a Woody Allen movie is not what makes the Jewish Dracula joke funny.
Part of the Dracula legend is that if you hold up a cross (a Christian symbol) that Dracula will be repelled and you won't be bitten. A "Jewish" Dracula would have no such fear of a Christian symbol.
Variation #1 An Italian vampire, who presumably grew up eating Italian food (which uses a lot of garlic), would be immune to legend #2, that wearing garlic around your neck while sleeping will keep a vampire from biting your neck.
1 year ago
Last edited at 10:43AM on 11/1/2012
In the Woody Allen comedy "Love and Death," a French general proclaims that his victory will cause the whole world to remember his name: "Sidney Applebaum." It's just a one-off, throwaway line, but it can cause a big knee-jerk reaction, IF you're "in" on the joke.
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Last edited at 9:37AM on 5/22/2013
The reason this caused such an uproar on SNL is that the line was changed at the last minute and Bill Hader had no idea that joke was coming, as would happen quite often with the Stefon character on SNL. This is often why he was cracking up during the bit, he had no idea what was on the cue cards ahead of time.