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A Hilarious, Forgotten Jewish Comedian Named Stanley

By On June 15, 2017

Which great Jewish comedian had oversized glasses, a nebbishy smile and a hilarious way of trying to get a date? The late, great Stanley Myron Handelman. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, Handelman… Read More

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What’s So Funny About the Holocaust? This New Film Asks

By On March 14, 2017

The notion that, for millennia, Jews have used humor to cope with persecution and struggle isn’t new—but the idea that certain topics may be off-limits to that humor is. So the question… Read More

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These Hilarious, Podcasting Jewish Yentas Have Got the Goods

By On January 28, 2016

Ronna Glickman and Beverly Ginsberg have some advice for you – and they’ll give it whether you like it or not. These two Jewish yentas are the hilarious creations of actresses Jessica… Read More

Getting Back Home Tonight, The Yiddish Way
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Getting Back Home Tonight, The Yiddish Way

By On December 31, 2014

It’s New Years Eve, and after all those rounds of champagne, the last place you’ll want to be tonight is behind the steering wheel, right? Of course, there are apps like Uber,… Read More

Bubbe Doubtfire Tells the Weather
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Bubbe Doubtfire Tells the Weather

By On June 6, 2014

This past winter was so toxic it gave us high-grade cabin fever. Because laughter is the best medicine, the Queens-born actor David Krumholtz created Gigi, a kind of Bubbe Doubtfire, to deliver entertaining video shorts nominally… Read More

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Jews: Not Funny Anymore

By On May 12, 2014

You want we should make you laugh? “Too late!” says When Jews Were Funny, a new documentary by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Alan Zweig. Named the Best Canadian Feature Film at its 2013 Toronto… Read More

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David Rakoff: Half Full, in Our Book

By On November 29, 2012

Long and proud is the Jewish tradition of using sharp humor in the face of hopeless tragedy. David Rakoff – humorist, essayist, and self-described “mega Jewish writer” – was a master of this tactic. Rakoff died… Read More

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The Talmud’s Wisdom on Telling Jokes

By On September 7, 2012

It’s a common rule of public speaking: Tell a joke, and you loosen up the crowd. This idea isn’t a recent one–it can actually be found in the Talmud. “Before he began his lesson to the… Read More

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How Dirty Can You Get (in Hebrew)?

By On August 22, 2012

There’s something about the comedy hip-hop group The Lonely Island that screams Jewish. The group is an assemblage of three comedians who’ve made videos together since junior high school, and eventually became regular features on Saturday Night… Read More

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When the Comic Stops Laughing

By On July 18, 2012

Israel Zangwill (1864-1929) was a British humorist, a writer, and an early Zionist activist. He eventually left the Zionist movement in order to lead a movement called Territorialism, which called for a homeland for the Jewish… Read More

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Best Bathroom Reading

By On May 18, 2012

According to Jewish law, it’s inadvisable to read holy materials, or even mention God’s name, in a bathroom. On the other hand, there’s a classic rabbinical admonition never to waste a second. According to one apocryphal… Read More

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Great Jewish Bloggers of the 1920s

By On February 9, 2012

Anzia Yezierska, the Jewish immigrant writer from Poland, is most famous for Bread Givers (1925), her tenement story of hard life on the Lower East Side. But she also harbored a lesser-known rich, snarky, and dark… Read More