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Mr. Warmth wins an Emmy—did a rabbi give him his start?

By The Web Guy

September 22, 2008 | 3:22 am

Hollywood Jew Don Rickles scored an Emmy tonight for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program” for the documentary “Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.”

Was it a rabbi that gave him his start?

From a November 2007 article in The Journal:

Asked when he first realized that he was funny, Rickles replied without a beat, “When the rabbi hit me,” quickly adding, “No, I don’t know when I was funny. Maybe it was at synagogues and affairs and so forth, and I was always a wise-cracker when I was very young.”


  • Streisand opens Obama fundraiser with Talmud lesson

    By The Web Guy

    September 17, 2008 | 7:06 pm

    When Barbra Streisand took to the stage to sing at a Sept. 16 fundraiser for presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, she opened not with a song, not with a joke, but with . . .Talmud.

    According to an eyewitness report from an ardent Obama-ite, the star, who played a male yeshiva... read on

  • Farmar shoots, rabbis dance, Chabad raises $8 million-plus [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    September 15, 2008 | 4:47 pm

    Chabad’s “To Life” telethon raised more than $8 million last night—some of it due to amazing basketball shooting by Lakers star Jordan Formar.

    Farmar, just back from Israel, shot 36 baskets (‘double chai’) in 90 seconds to raise over $64K for the organization.  Apparel exec Masud... read on

  • Props to Tiffany Shlain, honorary Hollywood Jew (from San Francisco) for ‘The Tribe’ [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    September 8, 2008 | 4:41 am

    We’ve been waiting for this to come out online for free, and here it is.  Tiffany Shlain’s amazing ‘The Tribe’—narrated by Peter Coyote—explores the history of the Jewish people from the time of Abraham up through today, and uses the Barbie doll (created by Southern California Jewish... read on

  • Natalie Portman honored at Venice Film Festival for humanitarian work

    By The Web Guy

    September 1, 2008 | 4:49 pm

    VENICE— Natalie Portman has been honored with the first Movie for Humanity Award at the Venice Film Festival, according to news reports.

    Portman, 27, is the first recipient for the award, given to film artists devoted to humanitarian causes. As part of the special accolade, she also... read on

  • Madonna, McCain & Hitler

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 25, 2008 | 6:11 pm

    Madonna is no stranger to provocation - it’s kinda what she does best.

    In her latest stunt, Queen Esther included a video montage in her world tour concert juxtaposing various political dictators: Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe…and John McCain?

    That last image ruffled a... read on

  • New York or Paris?

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 25, 2008 | 2:01 pm

    “New York, I Love You” is Hollywood’s answer to French self-love.

    Following in the footfalls of the nuanced and artsy “Paris, je t’aime,” a vignette-style film paying homage to every arrondissement of Paris, an all-star cast of Hollywood talent are out to prove that New York is just... read on

  • Hyler’s injuries revealed

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 25, 2008 | 1:03 am

    Initially keeping a closed lid on the severity of Joan Hyler’s injuries, her progress has enabled those closest to her to reveal just how grave those injuries were. In the latest update posted on UCLA’s carepages, it is explained that Hyler has been on a ventilator, suffered... read on

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