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  • Comic Richard Lewis is crazy busy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    "I should have called my comedy company Oy Vey Productions,” Richard Lewis quipped. 

    The 67-year-old comedian has been nick

    named the “Prince of Pain” for his jazz-style riffs  on his dysfunctional Jewish family, his dates  from hell, his shrinks and sundry meshugges — all... read on

  • ‘Gotham’ star talks life on set as young Batman

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 weeks ago

    When David (pronounced “Da-veed”) Mazouz announced, “I am Batman,” to his friends at Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills, he wasn’t just joking around. David, 13, stars as the young Bruce Wayne (the future Batman) in Fox TV’s highly anticipated “Gotham,” which airs Mondays at 8... read on

  • Playwright Jessica Goldberg’s ‘Better’: When misery begets art

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 1, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Almost five years ago, playwright Jessica Goldberg traveled back to her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., to visit her 65-year-old father, who was in hospice, dying from brain cancer in the family’s home.  One day she bid him goodbye as she set off on what she thought would be a short... read on

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  • Brian Finkelstein’s one-man show: Suicide, untimely deaths, masochism and humor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 23, 2014 | 10:06 am

    In Brian Finkelstein’s one-man show, “First Day Off in a Long Time,” he describes the true story of how, at 19, he was miserable in his relationship with a “Smiths-listening, vampire Goth chick who was addicted to crystal meth. And as much as [she] was addicted to meth, I was... read on

  • Jonathan Tropper’s ‘This is Where I Leave You’ finds humor during shivah

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 2014 | 5:06 pm

    In the film “This Is Where I Leave You,” Judd Altman (Jason Bateman) walks in on his wife having voracious sex with his boss, a Howard Stern-style shock jock, and soon finds himself out of a job, a marriage and a home.

    Then his father dies, but not before leaving a startling last... read on

  • Local artist tackles Jews and sex in ‘Transparent’ with Jeffrey Tambor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 18, 2014 | 3:31 pm

    Jill Soloway, well known as Hollywood’s go-to scribe for tales of Jews and sex, has created as her latest effort the Amazon TV series “Transparent,” the story of a Jewish family whose patriarch has just revealed to his three grown children that he is transitioning to life as a... read on

  • ‘Manhattan:’ The story of the atomic bomb

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2014 | 11:40 am

    In the Hollywood offices where WGN America’s TV drama “Manhattan” was written, a poster of a man with his mouth taped shut reads, “Loose talk can cost lives.” A metal plaque warns, “What you do here, what you hear here, what you leave here — stays here.”

    During World War II, a... read on

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Naomi Pfefferman Magid is the arts & entertainment editor of the Jewish Journal, where she’s spent the last quarter century interviewing everyone from Seth Rogen, Natalie...

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