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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Barbra Streisand on screen as a Jewish mother

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2012

It says it's out at Christmas, but don't let that fool you. Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen star in Dan Fogelman's new comedy as a Jewish mother and son pairing who get to know each other in an eight day road trip.


Sacha Baron Cohen GQ comedian of the year

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen was named comedian of the year at GQ Magazine’s man of the year awards on Tuesday.

This year saw the release of his third character film, The Dictator, in which he played Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen, leader of fictional country North African Republic of Wadiya.


What price a white Americano?

By Gary Conway, August 26, 2012

In recent years there has been a considerable rise in the number of coffee shop chains sprouting up on Golders Green high street.

But how do these multinational corporations sit along side a prominent and traditional Jewish community? Being a local Jew I went into the largest one - Starbucks - to find out.


Review: Simon Amstell: Numb

By Lee Levitt, August 24, 2012

I came out of Simon Amstell's postmodern take on stand-up comedy rather numb. Not comfortably numb, to borrow from Pink Floyd, but uncomfortably numb.


Israelis in London: A new comedy series

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

He is opinionated, occasionally obnoxious, foul-mouthed and thinks the Mona Lisa looks like Dana International, yet Pini Ben Tovim is hoping to be the latest Israeli screen character to charm British audiences.