[[caption-width-right:250:Vadda you know from funny?]]

"Borscht Belt" is a style of Jewish comedy. The actual Borscht Belt is a region in the Catskill Mountains of [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState upstate New York]] that was a popular resort destination in the 1920s through the 1970s for Jews who were excluded from other resorts. Due to the [[AllJewsAreAshkenazi heavily Ashkenazi ancestry]] of New York Jews, the area is named for borscht, a type of beet soup popular in Central and Eastern Europe.

The Jewish comedians who performed at these resorts developed a style of humor that became very popular in the entertainment industry. Borscht Belt humor is characterized by stereotypical Jewish traits, such as SelfDeprecation, [[JewsLoveToArgue insults]], [[JewishComplaining complaints]], [[AwfulWeddedLife marital bickering]], {{Hypochondria}}, wordplay and liberal use of [[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Yiddish]]. The AlterKocker character type was developed here as well.

Comedians who have worked in the Borscht Belt or have used the style of comedy include:
* Creator/JackieMason
* Creator/GeorgeBurns
* Creator/MelBrooks
* Creator/RodneyDangerfield
* Creator/DonRickles
* Creator/WoodyAllen
* Creator/BuddyHackett
* Creator/CarlReiner
* Creator/SidCaesar
* Creator/LennyBruce
* Creator/MelBlanc
* Creator/PhyllisDiller
* Creator/JoanRivers
* Creator/MiltonBerle
* Creator/JerryLewis
* Creator/EstelleGetty
* Creator/LainieKazan
* Creator/JoeyBishop
* Creator/HennyYoungman ("Take my wife...please.")
* Creator/ZeroMostel
* Creator/PhilSilvers
* Creator/BernardBresslaw
!!Works featuring Borscht Belt comedy or characters include:


[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/ComingToAmerica'' features Eddie Murphy performing as an old New York Jew who tells a classic Borscht Belt joke: An old Jew asks a waiter to taste his soup, refusing to elaborate further. The waiter finally agrees to taste it and asks where the spoon is. The Jew smiles and says, "Ah ''ha!''"
* In ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'', Henry and Karen watch Henny Youngman after their famous [[TheOner steady-cam walk]] into the theater. He tells the classic joke, "I take my wife everywhere, but she finds her way home!" Youngman's trouble with his lines was the biggest obstacle to getting the shot.
* Any role played by Creator/MelBrooks in his own movies is most likely an example. Most notable though is the Rabbi in ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights''.
* In ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', Miracle Max and his wife are borscht belt-style characters, with their shrill bickering, haggling over money, complaining, and Yiddish accents.
* ''Film/DirtyDancing'' is set at a Borscht Belt resort, though Borscht Belt comedy does not play a major role in the movie.
* In ''Film/MrSaturdayNight'', Buddy Young is a Borscht Belt comedian who made it big.
* In ''{{Film/A Walk On The Moon}}'', a vast majority of the film is set in a Borscht Belt bungalow colony during the summer of 1969. There is a brief scene where several of the parents are in a ballroom watching a Borscht Belt comic: "Now I want to invite you all up on the floor to dance, because it's my turn to laugh!"
* Catskill from ''{{Film/Heartbeeps}}'' is a standup comedian robot modeled after a bad Borscht Belt comedian, complete with a database full of horrible Henny Youngman style jokes.
* Mel Brook's ''Film/HistoryOfTheWorldPartI'' features a lot of Borscht Belt style comedy, including a sequence where Brooks plays a stand-up comedian in ancient Rome. There are cameos by a number of Borscht Belt comedians, including Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason and Henny Youngman.
* The blacklisted comedian Hecky Brown in ''Film/TheFront''.


[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* Alan interviewed a Borscht Belt style comedian in the Las Vegas episode of ''Series/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge''. This being Alan, he failed to get most of the comedian's humor and then told an offensive Jewish joke.
* Buddy on ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' is a former Borscht Belt comedian turned comedy scriptwriter.
* In ''Series/FTroop'', the Hekawi tribe is built around Borscht Belt characterizations and played by Jewish actors.
* Robert Smigel's Triumph the Insult Comic Dog character is based on a particularly blue Borscht Belt persona, as evidenced by his accent and use of Yiddish, such as "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar schtupping]]."
* Jimmy Barrett from ''Series/MadMen'' is an old-school Jewish insult comic. His JerkAss persona gets him in trouble starting with his EstablishingCharacterMoment and he seems pretty unhappy, but he gets to deliver a scathing TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to Don for sleeping with his wife.
* ''Series/TheNanny'' often indulges in Borscht Belt comedy, being centered around its Jewish-American protagonist.


[[folder: Theatre ]]

* The musical ''Top Banana'' gives this sort of background to its comedian protagonist, Jerry Biffle, in the OpeningChorus: "He was found on a Catskill peak / Where they booked him for one split week."


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' features Borscht Belt style comedian Billy Knight, complete with an inexplicable New York accent.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'''s [[ThePornomancer Danny]] will invoke this at times and will often tell stories of his FishOutOfWater father which can resemble this.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Dr. Zoidberg in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' is a thinly-veiled [[SpaceJews Space Jew]] of a Borscht Belt-style mooch.
* Boris and Minka, Tommy's maternal grandparents in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
* [[JewishMother Sheila Broflovskii]] of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' speaks this way, though the accent is a little more subdued in later seasons.
* In some iterations of his backstory in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', this is where Krusty the Klown's career begqan.