Comedy

Walliams: The Fed has got welfare talent

By JCReporter, May 7, 2015

Manchester's major Jewish welfare charity, The Fed, has a new fan in David Walliams.

The comedian, actor and Britain's Got Talent judge was guest speaker at The Fed's dinner, telling the 550 crowd that he was "proud to be associated with such an amazing charity. I'm staggered by the breadth of its work and the number of people it helps."

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Larry David - the man I wish I was

By Stephen Pollard, March 12, 2015

I’m hoping that if I say Palestinian Chicken to you, it prompts thoughts not of sumac, za’atar and lemon but of the best 30 minutes of comedy ever. And if I say Ski Lift, it’s not Klosters or Verbier that spring to mind but Larry David pretending to be an Orthodox Jew.

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Mel Brooks's 2,000 Year Old Man - is this the greatest comedy sketch ever?

By Brigit Grant, February 26, 2015

George Burns threatened to steal him. Edward G Robinson wanted to take him to Broadway, and if you went to the right Hollywood parties in the 1950s, you would have met him.

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It’s no joke — US king of satire is bowing out

By Naomi Firsht, February 12, 2015

America’s King of satire is stepping down as host of the country’s favourite political comedy programme The Daily Show.

Jon Stewart, who was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, announced this week he would be leaving the Comedy Central show after a 16-year run. At the end of Tuesday’s broadcast, the 52-year-old said: “In my heart I know it is time for someone else.

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JNF hits back at comedian who called it racist

By Josh Jackman, December 16, 2014

The JNF has said that a comedian’s comment that the charity is “racist” is “his most comical yet.”

Ivor Dembina banned comedians from his Traditional Jewish Xmas Eve Show if they had performed at the JNF annual Kosher Komedy Night.

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Joshua Ross wins JW3 Jewish Comedian of the Year competition

By Naomi Firsht, December 8, 2014

Award-winning comedian Joshua Ross won his second accolade in as many months when he was crowned Jewish Comedian of the Year at the weekend.

Mr Ross, 28, from Barnet, beat five other hopefuls in the final to win £1,000 and a paid spot at JW3’s Hava Nagiggle comedy club.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: partying with Beebs and Shims

By Mrs Cohen, May 9, 2014

Yom Atzmaut parties are always high spirited affairs but my spirit levels needed to be particularly raised this week to deal with all the antics at the party hosted by President Shimon Peres at his residence.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Paul, here's my bridge over troubled water

By Mrs Cohen, May 2, 2014

A couple of my American buddies have given cause for concern this week. I have had to have a strong word with Paul Simon. I have loved Paul dearly ever since he and Art Garfunkel sang Cecilia about me (they couldn’t use “Mrs Cohen, she’s breaking my heart” because, apparently, it doesn’t scan).

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Comedy stars help cancer patient to keep smiling

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2014

Four Jewish comedy stars are to put on a special performance in tribute to a 22-year-old graduate who is battling cancer.

Joshua Lerner had just finished a chemistry masters degree last year when he was diagnosed with life-threatening Hodgkin lymphoma.

His reaction was to start writing a blog about his treatment.

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Of monkeys, mice and canaries

By Peter Rosengard, April 25, 2014

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned before that I’ve got a monkey living in my flat. I bought him last summer in Bourne End. The statisticians among my readers will, I am sure, be able to confirm a spike in road accidents on the M4 heading to London on August 23, as some drivers appeared surprised by my passenger. You’d have thought he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

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