Comedy

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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Comic Jimmy Kimmel sued for flying rabbi video

By Jennifer Lipman, December 17, 2010

A US comedian will have to defend himself against allegations he inappropriately used a YouTube video featuring a Hassidic Jew.

Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel used clips of a man he did not know, David Sondik, speaking in Yiddish in a video the comic made spoofing basketball player LeBron James.

Mr Kimmel, whose on-off partner is Jewish comedienne Sarah Silverman, used the edited version on his late night news-comedy programme Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The original footage had been uploaded to YouTube by Mr Sondik and had nothing to do with basketball.

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Hall of Fame: Rizwan Khan

November 2, 2010


"He’s brilliant for what he does.


"I would love for us to have something like that. The Arab world is not very good at laughing at itself."








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On this day: Alan Coren dies

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2010

Born in Barnet to a Jewish family, in 1977 he was appointed as the first Jewish editor of the magazine Punch. A pupil at East Barnet Grammar school, he went on to study at Oxford, Yale and Berkeley, California.

Described by some as Britain’s funniest writer, he also wrote for The Times, the Daily Mail and the Sunday Express, and entertained audiences for more than 30 years as a panellist on the Radio 4's comedy The News Quiz.

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Swedish comedians stand up for Judaism

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 28, 2010

While stand-up comedy has been common in Sweden since the late 1980s, Swedish-Jewish stand-up is a new phenomenon. Spearheaded by performers Aron Flam and Jonatan Unge, comedy by and about Jews is becoming an unexpected, and big, hit.

Mr Flam (pictured) and Mr Unge, both in their early 30s, met at a Jewish summer camp in the Stockholm archipelago and later co-authored a sardonic book of quotes and facts about death. Since their stand-up debuts in 2007, both have become regular guests in Swedish TV studios, asked to comment on everything from Jewish identity to Swedish politics.

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