Jewish Journal

Mark Schiff

  • Q&A with writer-director Judd Apatow

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In Hollywood terms, Judd Apatow is hot. His last two films, "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up," have been smash hits, and his second comedy this summer, "Superbad," generated a critical buzz ahead of its Aug. 17 release.

    Not bad for a Jewish kid from Syosset, N.Y., who once...

  • Traveling with my father

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    When I found out my dad was dying of cancer, I spent a lot of time in New York with him and my mom, rather than in Los Angeles, where I was living at the time.
    One of the good things about being a road comic is you can live anywhere and book yourself out of wherever you are. Road...
  • Something to Laugh About

    November 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "The Haunted Smile: The Story of Jewish Comedians in America" by Lawrence J. Epstein (Public Affairs, $27.50).

    "I'll tell you. I don't get no respect. My mother stopped breast-feeding me as a kid. She told me she liked me like a friend." (Rodney Dangerfield)

    For as long as I've...

  • Rest in Peace

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    While at a friend's house recently, I noticed something very important. Every time the poor guy sat down and got semicomfortable, his wife would ask him to get up and do something. She just couldn't stand watching him relax.

    "What do you need, honey?" he asked.

    "I need a bowl...

  • I Used to Have a Life

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I was looking at my three boys the other day as they argued over the remote control. One of them yelled, "Hey, give me that, you little rat." It made me think that if this is any indication of how they will conduct themselves in their future business dealings or marriages, my kids...

  • The Nineteen Boxes

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My mother died July 9,1999. I remember coming home that Friday afternoon from picking up Shabbat flowers. I was parking my car when I saw my wife walking out of the house to greet me. I knew right away that something awful had happened because she never comes out of the house to say...

  • Purim All Year

    March 16, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A year after my father's unexpected death from a kidney transplant, I returned home.

    Six months earlier, my mother had sold our house, the one I had lived in my entire life. The synagogue was the same. The family was the same. Their friends were the same.

    Only one thing was different....

  • Over the Brooklyn Bridge

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I am a comedian and I have been lucky enough to have worked in my business for 20 years. This is a huge thing because most people in comedy never even work 20 days in 20 years. I have also been blessed to be part of a great group of comedians who have emerged in that time. Three of...