Comedy

'The Office' star's Anne Frank 'jokes' appal TV viewers

April 19, 2012

Viewers have threatened to boycott shows by Ricky Gervais, after he joked that Anne Frank's family went into hiding from the Nazis because they did not want to pay rent.

The comedian has been harshly criticised in the UK and across the Atlantic for using Anne Frank as "comedic fodder" on The Daily Show in the US.

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Ricky Gervais: Why it's kosher to joke about Anne Frank

By Ricky Gervais, April 19, 2012

I have had that routine for nearly 10 years now. It is about the misunderstanding and ignorance of what is clearly a tragic and horrific situation. My comic persona is that of a man who speaks with great arrogance and authority but who along the way reveals his immense stupidity.

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Master and Margarita

By John Nathan, April 2, 2012

Of all Complicite's book adaptations, Bulgakov's mind-expanding novel is surely the most ambitious.

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The Kentucky fried comedian

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Mark Maier is well-known on the comedy club circuit. But you may have spotted him on TV in another guise; as the dad in a Kentucky Fried Chicken ad.

I doubt he will be touting finger-lickin' buckets when he stars at the ZF's Israel Independence Day do next month.

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The Kentucky fried comedian

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

Mark Maier is well-known on the comedy club circuit. But you may have spotted him on TV in another guise; as the dad in a Kentucky Fried Chicken ad.

I doubt he will be touting finger-lickin' buckets when he stars at the ZF's Israel Independence Day do next month.

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Interview: Miriam Elia

By Simon Round, December 8, 2011

Miriam Elia is attempting to come up with a definition of conceptual art.

Although she has made a considerable reputation for herself as a stand-up comedian and Radio 4 comedy writer, Elia defines herself as an artist and her comedy as such too.

Her latest work, an installation entitled I Fell in Love With a Conceptual Artist… And It Was Totally Meaningless, could equally be a piece of com

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Schneider's Mersey beat

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

Comedian and actor David Schneider entertained more than 30 Jewish students at a comedy evening in Liverpool.

The event, hosted by Chabad, saw Mr Schneider perform a routine of Jewish jokes.

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Peace is no joke for Peres

By Simon Rocker, October 28, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres is never one to turn down a celebrity meeting and here he is with actor Jason Alexander, best known as the hapless George in Seinfeld.

Alexander was heading a delegation on behalf of the organisation One Voice, which promotes support for a two-state solution among grassroots Israelis and Palestinians.

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Werewolf Barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2011

In time for Halloween, Tracy Jordan's song "Werewolf Barmitzvah", as seen on 30 Rock

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Hall of Fame: Paul Rudd

August 31, 2011

"My go-to thing was to make jokes. Comedy was my way in. I noticed if I could tell Jewish jokes, kids would really laugh at that.

"I didn’t realise until much later in life that that was kind of f****d up."

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