Comedy

How I bombed: Comic’s war jokes earn him a ban

By Sandy Rashty, August 1, 2013

An award-winning comedian has been banned from a comedy club after his use of Nazi images upset some members of the audience.

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Baddiel plays the fame game for stand-up return

By John Nathan, July 25, 2013

I am sitting with David Baddiel in a tea room, not far from the Hampstead home where he lives with fellow comedy writer Morwenna Banks and their two children, talking about fame, the territory of his new stand-up show. Baddiel’s first proper stand-up gig for 16 years is a meditation on the absurdities thrown up by celebrity.

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No joke - Russell Brand will go to shul

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Comedian Russell Brand is set to bring his humour to a whole new audience.

The controversial funnyman is going to perform in synagogues in Israel as part of his first world tour, using jokes to “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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Russell Brand to tour synagogues and mosques in Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2013

Eccentric comedian Russell Brand will embark on a new comedy tour with a Jewish twist.

The Essex-born star is set to visit an array of synagogues and mosques in the Middle East as part of a new comedy show that will “dissect religion” and the lives of religious leaders.

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Wedding bells as Friday Night Dinner gets third series

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2013

Tamsin Greig and Simon Bird will be back filming on location in north London this summer, after a third series of the television comedy Friday Night Dinner was commissioned.

The series, which visits the Goodman family as they eat their Shabbat meal and follows them as they face awkward and often uncomfortable situations and deal with troublesome visitors, is written by Robert Popper.

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ITV comedy Plebs is an urban sitcom, just set in Ancient Rome

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2013

While most of us will be spending Monday evening considering the fate of the ancient Egyptians, British scriptwriter Sam Leifer will have the Roman Empire on his mind.

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Meet a true comedy master (and it's not who you think)

By Anna Sheinman, March 8, 2013

I have only just turned on my Dictaphone and Dan Patterson is already at it. The creator of TV comedy behemoth Mock The Week fires off the first of a series of snappy one-liners more than worthy of any of the comedians on his show. Sadly, it is not printable, but suffice to say I now feel very differently about my Dictaphone.

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When is a joke not a joke?

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, January 29, 2013

I have just returned from New York. It was quite a trip. I managed to "medicate" Mr O to the point where he could shop for seven straight hours without moaning. At least not out loud. Mind you, he didn't have much to moan about. This trip was all about Art and Jews.

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Hebburn: a British sitcom that avoids Jewish cliches

By Simon Round, October 19, 2012

Everyone has been attempting to get Jews into light entertainment and reality programmes recently, What with Grandma’s House, Strictly Kosher, Jewish Mum of the Year and Friday Night Dinner, the stereotypes have been flowing freely.

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Obama supporter Sarah Silverman's campaign labelled 'sickening ' by rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2012

An American Jewish comedian and outspoken Obama supporter has been attacked by a rabbi for being vulgar and using her Jewish background inappropriately.

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