Comedy

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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Mrs Cohen's diary: farewell David Moyes, hello Becks?

By Mrs Cohen, April 25, 2014

I am often castigated for my lack of knowledge of football — thankfully little Rupert Murdoch took it all away from the channels I watch years ago so I am no longer bothered by the Premiership League. However, I was genuinely sorry to hear of the departure of David Moyes, the manager of Manchester United.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Land of milk and honey? Only if the milk's in a carton

By Mrs Cohen, March 28, 2014

* I turn my back for a few days and there is yet another problem with the Netanyahus. And again it’s dairy-related. Allegedly Mrs Netanyahu woke up the superintendent of the couple’s residence “screaming at him for buying milk in a bag instead of a carton as she had demanded”.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: working out with George and Dave

By Mrs Cohen, March 21, 2014

* I’m just back from Israel where Dave had a triumphant visit. Yes there was predictable stuff about the two-state solution and how Israel and the Palestinians really should let bygones be bygones, yada yada yada. But the thing everyone was talking about was that Dave went out for a run – in the rain.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Whatevs, Dave, just chillax about the Israelis

By Mrs Cohen, March 14, 2014

* Anguished call from Dave Cameron this week. Apparently the Israelis were driving him bonkers. First, his trip to Israel is on, then there’s a strike, then the strike is off, then the civil servants are warning Bibi that if he meets and greets the Cams while the strike is on they’ll send him to the Israeli version of Coventry (Hadera perhaps?). “Dave,” I said, “just put Sam on”.

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Mrs Cohen's diary: Harry Styles and me? My lips are sealed

By Mrs Cohen, February 28, 2014

* I can’t tell you how thrilled I was when young Ben Winston picked up a Brit award for directing the One Direction video. I have known young Ben since he was a glint in the eye of fertility specialist Lord Winston, or Bobbie Baby as I like to call him. So, as I stood at the back of the auditorium with the ageing rockers, there was a happy tear in my eye when his name was announced.

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Mrs Cohen's Diary: revealed - my gefilte fish diet

By Mrs Cohen, February 13, 2014

* I’m so excited about going to the Baftas this weekend, particularly as I will be able to catch up with my distant relatives the Coen brothers. I absolutely loved Inside Llewyn Davis but I am nervous to meet its creators simply because I can never remember which one is which. I think it works a bit like Ant and Dec in that Ethan always sits on the left – or is that Joel?

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