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  • Kim Kardashian

    1 week ago

    Kim Kardashian...

    Is not the subject of this column. 

    Hollywood lost two giants recently.  Joan Rivers was just laid to rest.  A few weeks ago, Robin Williams left us.  I am not going to write in-depth tributes to these two amazing people; that has been done and will continue...

  • The news summer from hell and the end of optimism

    By Marty Kaplan

    3 weeks ago

    By this point in the summer, a sane person could reasonably conclude that the world is going nuts.  Spiraling out of control, descending into darkness, making optimism a delusional last recourse – that kind of feeling. 

    “What fresh hell is this?” – the question Dorothy Parker...

  • Billy Crystal to commemorate late actor Robin Williams at Emmys

    August 20, 2014 | 3:23 pm

    Comedian Billy Crystal will pay tribute to late actor Robin Williams at television's Primetime Emmy Awards on Aug. 25, the show's organizers said on Wednesday.

    Crystal, 66, who rose to fame in the 1970s comedy circuit that also thrust Williams into the spotlight, will commemorate...

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  • Robin Williams was sober, had Parkinson’s at death

    August 14, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Robin Williams was sober and suffering from early stages of Parkinson's disease as well as anxiety and depression at the time of his apparent suicide, the actor's wife said in a statement on Thursday.

    Susan Schneider said the actor "was not yet ready to share publicly" his...

  • Comedy great Robin Williams hanged himself at home

    August 12, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his Northern California home after he had sought treatment for depression, a coroner said on Tuesday based on preliminary findings.

    Williams, 63, was found dead by his personal assistant...

  • Robin Williams’ Holocaust film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 12, 2014 | 1:41 am

    I experienced Robin Williams’ generosity of spirit even before I got on the phone with him for an interview about his Holocaust-themed film, “Jakob the Liar,” in 1999.   The time our interview was set happened to land on the day a white supremacist went on a shooting spree at the...

  • Medical Lessons From Robin Williams

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 11, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Dear Robin,

    You were such an inspiration.  You showed us courage in the face of adversity, making us laugh while your own soul was broken.

    Even now, at the time of your death, we find ourselves in a recently forgotten place- where all people, regardless of faith, color, or...

  • O Captain, My Captain

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    August 11, 2014 | 5:11 pm

    Sitting here at my desk, I feel like crying. I notice a post on my Twitter feed from Rabbi Joe Black, asking, “Why does the death of Robin Williams hit so hard?” It’s an excellent question. Suicide is always so sad. It always feel like it could have been prevented, although God...

  • Robin Williams found dead in apparent suicide

    August 11, 2014 | 4:43 pm

    Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams was found dead on Monday from an apparent suicide at his home in Northern California, Marin County Sheriff's Office said. He was 63.

    The sheriff's coroner's division said it suspects the death was a suicide due to asphyxia, but the...

  • Remembering Robin Williams, ‘honorary Jew’

    by Rob Eshman, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief

    August 11, 2014 | 4:38 pm

    A lot of people will be posting their Robin Williams memories.  Beyond the hours of laughter he gave me, I have one personal memory of Williams, who was found dead on Aug. 11 at his home in Northern California at age 63, an apparent suicide.

    Williams was one of the entertainers...

  • Yakov Smirnoff’s elixir of love

    September 3, 2013 | 12:59 pm

    Yakov Smirnoff has been in the comedy business for more than 30 years. He knows how to make people laugh. 

    Now, he’s trying to show everyone just how important laughter is when it comes to relationships. 

    Smirnoff, who spent the past two decades showcasing his act at his...

  • Shocking Discovery

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I was cross when I arrived at The Jewish Journal on Oct. 9, 1986. I had earned a master's degree in journalism at Northwestern University and had fantasized about becoming an arts writer (at least eventually) for, say, The New Yorker. Also, I was a bad Jew, having been turned off by...

  • Listening to Lenny

    By Tom Teicholz

    October 14, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    One night many, many years ago, I was at The Comedy Store on amateur night when Robin Williams walked in off the street and jumped onto the stage. For the next 45 minutes, the air inside the club turned into nitrous oxide as Williams made us all feel a bit brighter, a bit wittier, a...

  • So, Nu?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is an old joke from the Holocaust, Robin Williams says.

    Two old Jews want to kill Hitler. The fuhrer doesn't show up. "So one turns to the other and says, 'My God, I hope nothing happened to him,' " Williams quips.

    Williams, the pre-eminent comic actor of his generation, cites...

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