Comedy

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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Hall of Fame: Mel Brooks

August 30, 2011

"There are too many non-Jewish comics that are funny. They scare me because then we'll have to find another way of making a living.

"We'll go back to prizefighting. We'll be Kingfish Levinsky and Max Baer once again."

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Jigsaw: Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine & Nat Luurtsema

By Jennifer Lipman, August 22, 2011

I went into this show with such high hopes.

Dan Antopolski won the Dave trophy for the funniest joke of the Fringe two years ago and he’s clearly talented, with great comic presence and seemingly few boundaries when in pursuit of an audience reaction. Sadly, my hopes were quickly shattered as those things weren’t on display in this show.

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Dave Gorman's Powerpoint Presentation

By Jennifer Lipman, August 22, 2011

Dave Gorman does Jewish humour very well. Which is surprising, as his audience quickly learns, because he’s not actually one of the funniest Jewish comics out there. He’s funny, sure. But Jewish? Or is he? What does Wikipedia say?

Without giving too much away, religion is just one of the subjects Gorman tackles with both panache and sarcasm.

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