PaleoJudaica.com: Humour in the Rabbinic Literature: GALUS AUSTRALIS : Counting Teeth: Humour in the Rabbinic Literature (Simon Holloway). Part One: Is it Okay to Laugh? Q: Why did Queen Es...
Q: Why did Queen Esther merit to rule over one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the Persian empire?
A: Because she was descended from Sarah, who lived to the age of 127!
Okay, so it’s not a particularly funny joke, I’ll grant you. It appears in the midrash to Esther (Ester Rabbah 1:8), and is said by Rabbi Akiva to a room full of sleeping students in an effort to get their attention.