Seems to me Jesus was the first Jewish comedian. The Gospels tell a tale of a young man going from gig to gig around ancient Palestine until he gets his big break in Jerusalem. Some of his wit is obvious. The saying about the speck in your neighbor's eye and ignoring the log in your own, is inherently comedic. Some lines are more subtle. The story of the dishonest steward - Luke 16 - and of the heartless judge - Luke 18 - might be best understood by reading with a bit of borsch belt shtick, as wry commentary on human perversity.