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.


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.


Stewart plans Washington anti-Tea Party rally

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2010

Jewish satirist is leading the fight against America’s right wing Tea Party movement in the run-up to November’s mid-term elections.

Jonathan Leibowitz, better known as The Daily Show presenter Jon Stewart, has announced plans for a "Rally to Restore Sanity” with a “Million Moderate March” on Washington.


Channel 4 to broadcast series of films about Jewish mothers

By Robyn Rosen, September 17, 2010

Comedian David Schneider and harpist Lucinda Belle are among those featuring in a Channel 4 strand of films about Jewish mothers.

Starting on Monday, September 27, seven different Jews will be in seven 90-second films, as part of the 4thought series, broadcast 365 days a year on Channel 4 in the evening and online.


Ricky Gervais jokes about Jews at the Emmys

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2010
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British comedian Ricky Gervais takes a swipe at Mel Gibson as he presents an award at the 2010 Emmy awards.

The 1960s-set advertising drama Mad Men, created by Jewish writer Matthew Weiner, was the big winner of the night, taking the prizes for best drama and best drama series writing.

Watch a Yiddish parody of Mad Men here


Cycling tips from comic David Schneider

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2010
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Jewish comedian David Schneider is in for the ride of his life when he takes on a sponsored cycle to raise money for The Prostate Cancer Charity.

The writer and comedy actor famous for his appearances in I’m Alan Partridge, Knowing Me Knowing You and The Day Today, will undertake the 70km challenge in September. The route is the one followed by professional cyclists in The Tour of Britain.


Joke's over for Jewish comic

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

Comedian Dan Antopolski has gone from most to least humorous in just 12 months.

In 2009 the Petah Tikvah-born stand-up won the Dave trophy for the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

But this year he was awarded the honour of having the “worst joke” of the festival.

His gag went: "How many Spaniards does it take to change a lightbulb? Juan."

It was not deemed as humorous as his previous effort, which went: "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?"


Lee Nelson's Well Good Edinbra Show

By Lee Levitt, August 20, 2010

Simon Brodkin inhabits his feral comic creation Lee Nelson so completely that it's hard to imagine the north Londoner is anyone other than the sniggeringly amoral south London geezer whose council estate is his universe.


Lee Nelson's Well Good Show

By Jennifer Lipman, August 13, 2010
Chav comedian Lee Nelson (otherwise known as Simon Brodkin) is in Edinburgh throughout the festival with his 'Well Good Edinbra' show. Here he is in action on his BBC3 series 'Lee Nelson's Well Good Show'.