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  • 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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