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Monday, July 11, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Sam Hoffman

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Sam Hoffman is the founder of OldJewsTellingJokes.com. He is not an “Old Jew” yet, but give him a couple more decades. He is however, the latest subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A. On July 12, he’s coming to 92YTribeca to share videos from his site and reveal some of the best jokes about everything from rabbis to Jewish mothers.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?
If I’m home I read The New York Times on paper. If I’m away I read it on my iPad. I still prefer the paper, though. It takes less time to load.

What are your favorite websites?
Of course I’m a fan of oldjewstellingjokes.com. I also have to admit to an addiction to metsblog.com. If you have the unfortunate habit of being a dedicated Mets fan, it’s the best way to punish yourself a few times a day.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
I don’t use Twitter. I’ll check in with Facebook occasionally. I think the novelty is fading, though, now that I know what all the children of my elementary school acquaintances look like.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story in hardcover. I thought it was great.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
Just The New Yorker - which I read on my iPad as well when the app doesn’t crash.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
“Modern Family” is a lot of fun.

What’s the last movie you saw?
I saw Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris last night. I really enjoyed Adrian Brody as Salvador Dali. Dali!

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
I’ve been on location in Newport, Rhode Island producing a movie so I haven’t done any of that in a while.

What’s the last music purchase you made?

House At Pooh Corner by Loggins and Messina. That was for my son Jack.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
I don’t really listen to any regularly. I have two small children who are a lot more entertaining than any podcast.

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
We recently installed a neon piece from “Type A” which is really cool. I also love our Ian Davis painting. My wife is a director of the Gagosian gallery so she brings wonderful art into our home.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?

Yoga. But I refuse to chant.

Join Sam Hoffman at 92YTribeca on July 12.

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