Word of the Week: Tummler

tummler / ˈtʊmlə(ɹ) / TOOM-ler


  1. A Yiddish word that originated in the Catskills, describing the comedians/master emcees of the Borscht Belt resorts
  2. lively, prankish, or mischievous man.

The great Mel Brooks  got his comedic start as a beloved Borscht Belt tummler. His retelling of the jokes at his show in Boston this week was  a perfect appetizer for  the JArts Catskills Memories Shabbat dinner.

Take the tummler test here and see how much you know about these iconic loud mouth Borscht Belt comedians, and then check out the video below for an authentic taste.