Comedy

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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Tom Rosenthal: Child Of Privilege

By Jennifer Lipman, August 22, 2011

There are certain things only people from certain backgrounds know about - money belts, outdoor shoes or how much a meal at the Fat Duck really costs.

Tom Rosenthal knows those things - things not every poor, common soul knows - because he is a Child of Privilege.

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Andy Zaltzman: Armchair Revolutionary

By Lee Levitt, August 11, 2011

He's back, he's Jewish, and he's the only comedian with a sausage-hating Jewish dog, who used to bark whenever Yasser Arafat came on the TV. "His barkmitzvah still brings a tear to the eye," quips Zaltzman, in a six-minute off-stage warm-up before he appears in a lurid scarlet and black shirt and non-matching cords, with an arrow through his head.

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Josh Howie: I Am A Dick

By Lee Levitt, August 11, 2011

In his previous two highly successful Edinburgh shows, Josh Howie focused on his time training to be a rabbi in Jerusalem (he was ejected from the programme after being caught with a naked non-Jewish girl), and his four-year sojourn with his grandma in Arnos Grove. This year, he fancied trying something less constrained by a fixed narrative, a bit more freeform.

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Brett Goldstein Grew Up In A Strip Club

By Lee Levitt, August 9, 2011

Brett Goldstein studied film and feminism at the University of Warwick, and then left his Sutton home for Marbella, along with his father, who was suffering from a mid-life crisis, for what turned out to be a late gap year with a difference.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm: Palestinian chicken

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011
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Larry and Jeff got to a Palestinian chicken restaurant and take a comic look at the Middle East

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Ivor Dembina's show no joke for protester

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A Jewish comedian has called for an investigation and threatened legal action after a protester disrupted his set at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, urging him to reveal his anti-Israel views.

Ivor Dembina, founder of the Hampstead Comedy Club, was performing in Ivy House in Golders Green on Monday, as part of an Edinburgh Festival preview, when protester Harvey Garfield interrupted his set.

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