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  • Family, friends remember Joan Rivers at a private funeral

    September 7, 2014 | 11:19 am

    Family and friends bid farewell to Joan Rivers, the outspoken comedian who became famous around the world for her acerbic wit and brash style, at a private funeral on Sunday in Manhattan.

    Journalists Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, comedian Whoopi Goldberg, tycoon Donald Trump,...

  • RIP Joan Rivers, you Jewess, you

    September 4, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    As news of Joan Rivers’ passing ricocheted around the world Thursday, we took a moment to comb our archives for some of Rivers’ recent high points and low points:

    2004: Rivers joins JDate.

    2010: Rivers is among the honorees at a Jewish American Heritage Month celebration at the...

  • Comedian Jenny Slate in ‘Obvious Child’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 18, 2014 | 9:31 am

    Actress-comedian Jenny Slate held court in a throne-like chair in one corner of a vast room at the Four Seasons Hotel, looking like a quirky fairy tale princess in her gauzy sky-blue dress, an Audrey Hepburn-style up-do and turquoise nail polish on bitten fingernails. 

    “I’m...

  • Billy Crystal culture

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 24, 2013 | 11:14 am

    Even in the age of Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman, there is something both retro and refreshing about Billy Crystal’s class-act comedy.

    On a recent Thursday night, nearly 600 people packed into the Directors Guild of America Theater — at $60 a pop — to hear Crystal’s mesmerizing...

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  • Sarah Silverman's 'Indecent Proposal' and what that means for modern politics

    By Rob Eshman

    July 17, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    By the time you read this, you probably will have watched Sarah Silverman in her underwear, demonstrating a lesbian sex act with her dog.

    Because that’s the way politics works these days.

    Silverman wrote and stars in a short video, called “Scissor Sheldon,” posted at...

  • Friends with Baby Boomers

    By Elliot Steingart

    April 25, 2012 | 12:39 pm

    I’ve reached the age when I can relate to my parents’ friends as much as my own friends.

    My parents are still friends with the same crew they rolled with in Pittsburgh, and now a slew of South Africans in San Diego where they’ve lived the last ten years. My parents are pick-up...

  • Segel’s starry-eyed man-child amuses and moves us

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 15, 2012 | 3:06 pm

    Jason Segel folded his 6-foot-4-inch frame compactly onto a couch at the Four Seasons Hotel and placed his hand upon his chin. Quirky and thoughtful in conversation, the star and co-writer of such comic hits as “The Muppets” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” spoke eloquently on...

  • 2012 Oscars: Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ryan Seacrest [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal

    February 28, 2012 | 11:34 am

    See what happens when Ryan Seacrest interviews the actor as “The Dictator”—and gets “ashes” spilled on him on live TV!

  • ‘Oh My G-d!’ Where’s my faith?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 28, 2011 | 11:27 am

    Tevya Heller, actor and comedian, misplaced his faith somewhere during his teenage years despite being raised in a devout Jewish household. 

    Now the atheist aims to find his connection to Judaism on his new reality show “Oh My G-d!”, airing Dec. 5 on Canadian ichannel. ...

  • Joan Rivers seeks OJM (Old Jewish Male)

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 23, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Comedian Joan Rivers shopped with her niece, Caroline, for the perfect wedding dress…for Caroline, not Rivers!

    Rivers told Caroline and the Huffington Post,

    “You have got to feel like you are the most magical creature alive that day, because then the reality will hit. We can give...

  • Comedy, seriously

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 7, 2011 | 12:26 pm

    Can comedy save a life?

    A few years ago, Marc Maron, a comic of more than 25 years standing, was at his lowest point — rock bottom — ready to give up on everything, even his life. Today, he has a just-released new comedy album, “This Has to Be Funny” (Comedy Central...

  • California on Purim [VIDEO]

    March 16, 2011 | 5:02 pm

  • Ricky Gervais at the Golden Globes

    By Julia Bendis

    January 19, 2011 | 10:30 am

    I really don’t understand what’s all the bruhaha all about!  Why is everyone so upset with Ricky Gervais, and his performance at the Golden Globes?  Last time I checked, Ricky Gervais was a Comedian, and the Golden Globes committee hired him to host the show knowing that he is a...

  • Waiting for Sanityman: Can Jon Stewart save America?

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 13, 2010 | 10:41 am

    The fate of our country won’t be decided by a politician.  It will be determined by a comedian.

    Not long before Jon Stewart announced his Rally to Restore Sanity, he told a New York magazine writer why he and his crew on “The Daily Show” would never do something like that. “We’re...

  • Jackie Mason Calls Obama the ‘SCH’-word

    March 16, 2009 | 3:08 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Comedian Jackie Mason called President Obama a “schvartze” during a performance in New York, angering some audience members.

    The Web site TMZ reported Sunday that Mason used the term, which means “black” in Yiddish but is considered derogatory by some, during a...

  • Death to Fanatistan!

    By Rob Eshman

    October 1, 2008 | 11:29 pm

    By the time comedian Elon Gold took the stage to emcee the rally for the raising of the Israeli flag on Wilshire Boulevard, the street had filled with 3,000 or more people -- a sea, or at least an inlet, of humanity waving little plastic blue-and-white flags as loudspeakers pumped...
  • 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...

  • Bob Saget: Clean-cut and filthy (G-rated version)

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 14, 2008 | 2:10 am

    Bob Saget was pondering his status as comedy's reigning filth monger at a Santa Monica cafe recently.

    "You play a guy who's clean-cut and never curses for eight years, like I did on 'Full House,' and people think that's who you are," said Saget, who will be roasted on Comedy Central...

  • The world according to Mort Sahl and friends

    By Tom Tugend

    March 20, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Half a century after Mort Sahl packed in Berkeley undergrads and hip San Franciscans at the hungry i nightclub, the man who revolutionized stand-up comedy hasn't mellowed.

    For instance, "Hillary [Clinton] is running on an entitlement ticket because she happened to be married to a...

  • Joan Rivers’ ‘Life’—audacious, as always

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm angry about everything," comedian Joan Rivers says.

    "I'm angry about getting older, about men being morons, about Hollywood being such a use-and-discard business. I'm angry that for women it's all about looks -- when it isn't for men -- and you can tell me 'No,' you can yell...

  • Don Rickles on film for the very first time

    By Sandi Berg

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm



    IFC News coverage of the 2007 New York Film Festival Press Conference for the documentary "Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project." John Landis discusses Rickles and his reasons for making the film.


    Don Rickles has been called irreverent, acerbic, caustic, biting, scathing, and often...

  • A Musical Odyssey, Comic Con at the Shrine, Two’s Company, Man Ray

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Pack a suitcase with excitement and wonder because tonight you will be embarking on "A Musical Odyssey." Your journey begins in the South Bay and takes you first to hear the symphonic sounds of Jewish klezmer and choral music performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony....

  • Films: Garlin hopes audience will be pleased with ‘Cheese’

    By Jay Firestone

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Jeff Garlin loves being Jewish. He's a borscht-eating, challah-noshing, temple-going, "big bowl of Jewish," as he so proudly describes himself.

    A proud Jew at home, Garlin also plays one on television.

    Best known as Jeff Greene on the hit comedy series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which...

  • ‘Yippee’—Paul Mazursky documents Chasids gone wild

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In all his 76 years, filmmaker Paul Mazursky had never seen anything like the 25,000 Chasidim singing, swaying, blowing shofars and dancing around a lake.

    "It's like the old days at the Apollo in Harlem, with the crowd going wild," the irreverent Mazursky said. "Can you dig it?"...

  • Theater: Troy vs. ‘Tsuris’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "How should I prepare?" asks playwright Mark Troy after agreeing to an interview the following morning about his new play, "Tsuris," opening Friday, Dec. 22, at the Sidewalk Studio Theater in Toluca Lake. "Should I wear a blue tuxedo?" Although he is not a standup comedian and says...
  • Books: Shmegegis of old, shmegegis of gold

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Old Jewish Comedians," illustrated by Drew Friedman, edited by Monte Beauchamp. (Fantagraphics Books, $14.95) www.fantagraphics.com .

    "Weep before God. Laugh before people."
    -- Jewish Folk-Saying.

    Who doesn't love old Jewish comedians? Those mamzers of mirth and halutzim of humor...

  • Theater: All in the ‘Herbicide’ family

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Emmy-winning writer Jay Kogen ("The Simpsons," "The Class" and other shows) is helping Herb Astrow go over the opening lines of his first solo stage performance.

    "Remember, it's an intimate evening with," Kogen tells him. "It's your party. So rather than just going into a story,...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 16th

    The JCCs' Celebrity Staged Play Readings, produced and directed by Alexandra More, have been going strong for 11 seasons. Consider taking in the first of their 12th season's selections. The comedy/drama, "Brooklyn Boy," by Pulitzer-winning author Donald...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    July 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, July 15
    Pretty Charlize Theron plays chairwoman for Los Angeles Free Clinic's ninth annual "Extravaganza for the Senses." The food and wine event features tastes from some 40 local restaurants -- ranging from high-end Angelini Osteria to lower-end but highly tasty...

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