Comedy

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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Marcus Brigstocke sorry for 'stupid' Orthodox Jew joke

By Jessica Elgot, June 29, 2011

Comedian Marcus Brigstocke has apologised for joking about Orthodox Jews having sex through a sheet.

In an interview with Metro to promote his book "The God Collar", the Have I Got News For You star was asked about any religious trivia he had encountered researching the book – which is about atheism.

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On this day: Mel Brooks is born

By Deborah Weitzmann, June 28, 2011

Hollywood legend Mel Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky to a Russian Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York.

One of the biggest Jewish stars to date, Brooks is a member of the short list of entertainers who have the distinction of having Academy Awards and Emmys to their names.

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Sarah Silverman ready to shock Israeli audience

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Jewish comedian Sarah Silverman is to bring her unique humour to Israeli audiences.

The controversial US star, who last year released her memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee, will perform a night of stand-up comedy in Tel Aviv later this month.

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On this day: Seinfeld airs for the first time

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Regularly topping those "best shows of all time" polls, Seinfeld, which ran from 1990 to 1998, was very much a Jewish comedy.

Audiences spent nine seasons watching actor Jerry Seinfeld play a geeky and neurotic Manhattan singleton contemplating life, love and pretty much anything with his friends Elaine, George and Kramer.

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Hall of Fame: Sarah Silverman

April 4, 2011

"I'm a Jew in that it pours out, that it oozes out of my pores uncontrollably.

"Personally I have no religion, but I'm Jew-y. It's beyond my control."

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Hall of Fame: Jerry Seinfeld

January 28, 2011

"I love nothing better than a giant blizzard. I really love it.

"It just stops everybody. It’s the Yom Kippur of meteorology."

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