Did You Hear About the Book on Jewish Comedy?


In “Jewish Comedy: A Serious History” (Norton), author Jeremy Dauber makes it clear that — at least in his opinion — Jewish jokes are no laughing matter.

“The story of Jewish comedy was almost as massive in scope, as meaningful in substance, as Jewish history itself,” Dauber writes about what he discovered when he started teaching a course on Jewish humor at Columbia University, where he is the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture. “The story of Jewish comedy — what Jewish humor did and meant for the Jews at different times and places, as well as how, and why, it was so entertaining — is, if you tell it the right way, the story of American popular culture; it’s the story of Jewish civilization; it’s a guide to an essential aspect of human behavior.”

I hasten to add that the book is always lively and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Dauber’s sources range from the Preacher of Dubno (an 18th-century Chasidic rabbi) to Sholem Aleichem (“the man who invented Tevye”), from Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce to Howard Stern and Amy Schumer. Indeed, although Dauber proposes that roots of Jewish comedy go all the way back to the Bible — he uses the Book of Esther as a touchstone of Jewish humor — he also argues that America is the place where Jewish humor reached its highest expression, with Yiddish literature its seedbed.

“As the lingua franca of Eastern European Jewry, Yiddish was the vehicle for the most somber eulogies as well as the earthiest jokes, lyrical poetry along with shaggy doggerel or comments about gastrointestinal distress,” he explains. After Jews carried Yiddish to America, it became an ethnic marker for American comics such as Lenny Bruce, who once described his banter as a mixture of “the jargon of the hipster, the argot of the underworld, and Yiddish.”

Dauber finds a weighty subtext in every variety of Jewish humor.

Most impressive of all is Dauber’s ability to create a sky chart in which every Jewish comedy star can be fixed in place, not only Jerry Lewis and Danny Kaye — both of whom were tummlers in the Borscht Belt — but also such highly sophisticated comics as Mike Nichols and Elaine May. He includes not only practitioners of low comedy like Mel Brooks and Sid Caesar but also such elevated humorists as Jules Feiffer and Joseph Heller. And he reminds us of fading or wholly forgotten personalities like Mickey Katz and Belle Barth, while pointing out that the Jewish founders of Mad magazine “created that seminal countercultural satire by framing it Jewishly, through Yiddishized parody.”

Dauber repudiates what he calls “the lachrymose theory of Jewish history” and reminds us that Jewish humor always has sustained Jewish life, even at the grimmest moments. Writing shortly after the end of World War II, Irving Kristol argued that “Jewish humor died with its humorists when the Nazis killed off the Jews of Eastern Europe.” But Dauber proves that Kristol was wrong. Larry David, Sarah Silverman and Sacha Baron Cohen, all of whom have dared to tell jokes about the Holocaust, “mark the position of confidence and strength Jews have in American culture,” he writes.

Dauber finds a weighty subtext in every variety of Jewish humor. He describes Philip Roth, for example, as “our great comic cosmic writer of the modern period, the one who understands that telling jokes is in no small part a way of trying to deal with staring into the void, of grappling with the crisis of meaning.” Even Tony Kushner’s play about AIDS and homosexuality, “Angels in America,” he insists, “has its share of Jewish comic elements: the stereotypical Jewish male jokes, the use of Yiddish as punch line, and the transformation of the God-arguing tradition into something mixing the sublime and the ridiculous.”

“Jewish Comedy: A Serious History” is intended to be a work of scholarship.  Dauber, however, never takes himself or his subject too seriously.


Jonathan Kirsch, author and publishing  attorney, is the Jewish Journal’s book editor.

Amy Schumer says her show is on hold, not canceled


Comedian Amy Schumer assured fans that her Comedy Central sketch series “Inside Amy Schumer” has not been canceled.

@ComedyCentral has provided us with a wonderful home and we couldn’t be happier there. I am just touring,” Schumer wrote Tuesday on Twitter after previously suggesting that the show is no longer in production.

Schumer said, however, there are no plans for a fifth season of the show in the “foreseeable future.”

Schumer, 35, whose rapid rise to fame was capped with her starring role in the 2015 film “Trainwreck,” was clarifying a previous tweet in which she asserted, “We aren’t making the show anymore.” Schumer was responding to criticism of one of the show’s writers, Kurt Metzger, who had posted on social media several messages that many interpreted as insensitive to rape victims.

Urged to comment on reports that Metzger had been fired, Schumer responded Wednesday, “I didn’t fire Kurt. He isn’t a writer for my show because we aren’t making the show anymore. There are no writers for it.”

In her new collection of essays, “The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo,” Schumer recalled her bat mitzvah and attending Hebrew school on Long Island. Schumer suggested she became a comedian after her voice cracked during the chanting of the Torah portion and the congregation erupted in laughter.

Amy Schumer Twitter joke insults Jews, Gossip Cop says


Jewish comic Amy Schumer tweeted a Jewish joke criticized as “offensive and wrong” by the Gossip Cop website.

In a Twitter post Wednesday, the comedienne and actress made public a photo of herself standing between a clarinetist and a saxophonist, each holding his instrument. Her caption read “A Jew with horns.” She later amended the phrase to “I meant to say a Jew with 2 horns.

Gossip Cop, which says it polices Hollywood and celebrity news to separate what’s real from rumor, slammed the tweet.

“While comedy can provoke discussion, it’s purpose is not to perpetuate hateful and inaccurate stereotypes. And Schumer’s Twitter message, which plays off the misconception that Jews are horned creatures, accomplishes less comically than it does to reignite misguided prejudice,” the site’s commentary read.

“Undoubtedly, Schumer will justify her mildly amusing ‘joke’ by noting that she herself was raised Jewish and can poke fun at herself, as she often does with her comedy. But does that make it okay for her to spread untrue and hurtful stereotypes about Jews? Would jokes by a popular black or Latino comedian be considered funny if he or she tweeted to their millions of followers a wholly and historically painful stereotype about their people for non-minorities to laugh at?”

Gossip Cop staff called on Schumer to “grab her tweet by the horns and apologize for perpetuating this slanderous depiction of Jews for a mere half-laugh.”

 
 

Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton? Who Jewish celebrities are backing


Chalk it up to “Hollywood values.”

The entertainment industry famously, or infamously, depending on your perspective, leans Democratic. And Jewish celebrities are no exception.

With the 2016 Iowa caucuses kicking off the presidential primary season on Monday, pollsters have Democratic candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., neck and neck in the state.

The all-important race for Jewish celebrity endorsements is close too. Here’s a breakdown of where things stand.

TEAM HILLARY

Lena Dunham attending the Lena Dunham and Planned Parenthood Host Sex, Politics & Film Cocktail Reception at The Spur in Park City, Utah, Jan. 24, 206.  (Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)Lena Dunham attending the Lena Dunham and Planned Parenthood Host Sex, Politics & Film Cocktail Reception at The Spur in Park City, Utah, Jan. 24, 2016. Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

Lena Dunham

The “Girls” creator and star is one of Clinton’s most outspoken supporters. In addition to lending a hand on the campaign trail, Dunham interviewed the former secretary of state-former New York senator-former first lady last fall in an attempt to boost her appeal among younger voters.

Steven Spielberg

The famed director has donated $1 million to Clinton’s current campaign. Back in 2000, it was rumored that Spielberg lent his Trump Tower corporate apartment to Clinton while she was running for the senate — and that he gave her “likeability” lessons.

J.J. Abrams

The “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director and his wife each donated $500,000 to Clinton super PAC Priorities USA last June.

“[Hillary] does have the experience and the politics. She is compassionate, and right. When I look at the people who need the support that aren’t necessarily getting it, I believe that she would provide that,” Abrams told The Daily Beast on Monday.

Barbra Streisand

“Babs” proclaimed her support on Twitter as soon as Clinton launched her campaign last June.

Amy Schumer

The comedian and “Trainwreck” creator and star joked last fall that Clinton did not sound thrilled when she offered to help on the campaign trail — but she did offer.

Dustin Hoffman

“Rain Man” predicted Clinton would be the next president all the way back in 2010.

Abbi Jacobson

The co-creator and co-star of Comedy Central’s quirky hit “Broad City” showed her Clinton pride on Instagram well before it was announced last month that the former First Lady would appear in an episode of the show’s upcoming third season.

TEAM BERNIE

Sarah Silverman

The comedian and actress had some kind words for Sanders when she introduced him at a campaign rally last August.

“Where other candidates are getting gigantic sums of money from billionaires in exchange for compromising favors, Bernie is not for sale,” Silverman said to a large crowd.

Simon and Garfunkel

The folk legends allowed the Sanders campaign to use their song “America” in a recent campaign ad. Paul Simon did not comment on the ad, but Art Garfunkel told The New York Times that he is a “Bernie guy.”

“I like that Bernie is very upset by the gap between the rich and the poor,” Garfunkel said. “I think that’s central.”

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

The Ben & Jerry’s co-founders are from Burlington, Vermont — which means they have been Sanders constituents for over 30 years as he has gone from mayor to representative to senator. The ice cream mavens, who are now out on the campaign trail, gave out free ice cream at Sanders’ campaign launch last spring.

If that wasn’t enough, Cohen recently created 40 pints of a special Bernie Sanders ice cream flavor — which has a chocolate disk on top of a tub of mint ice cream meant to represent the “1 percent.” By breaking up the disk, ice cream eaters symbolically join Bernie in his crusade the redistribute the wealth.

Ezra Koenig

Koenig, the singer of New York indie band Vampire Weekend, performed this past weekend at a Sanders event the University of Iowa. Sanders even got on stage to sing when the musicians played “This Land is Your Land.”

“I think there’s something so cool about Bernie running as a Democrat, a guy who was the only Independent in the house for a long time, the only Independent in the senate, a guy who kind of comes from an outside structure,” Koenig told CNN afterwards.

Jeremy Piven

The “Entourage” star praised Sanders for his “straight talk” in a Facebook post last summer.

Zoe Kravitz

Kravitz is the daughter of two half-black, half-Jewish celebrities: rocker Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. She signed an endorsement letter along with 127 other artists and celebrities who back Sanders — from Will Ferrell to rapper Killer Mike — last fall.

Why are Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and other non-Jewish celebs buying real estate in Israel?


After Kanye West performed in Israel on Wednesday night, he presumably had to sleep in a bed that he didn’t own. The declared presidential candidate may not have to suffer that indignity on his next trip to the Holy Land.

The Kardashian family, into which he is married, is among a number of non-Jewish American celebrities reportedly shopping for real estate in the Holy Land. Others include Madonna, Ashton Kutcher and Mariah Carey.

What does Israel have to offer these stars? The answer, it seems, varies from spirituality to family and friendship to money-making opportunities.

The Kardashian sisters, of reality TV fame, reportedly entered talks in January to buy two apartments for $30 million in a beachfront buildingin Tel Aviv. A spokesman for Kim Kardashian denied that report, but entertainment news website E!Online later reported that Kourtney Kardashian’s husband Scott Disick was in fact ready to buy a $5-6 million penthouse in Tel Aviv as a real estate investment.

Just three months later, Kim Kardashian and husband, West, visited Jerusalem for the baptism of their daughter, North, in the Cathedral of St. James, located in the Armenian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Madonna, center, with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and his wife Sara Netanyahu, left, at the Prime Minister’s residence in Jerusalem on Sept. 4, 2009. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO via Getty Images

Also this year, pop legend Madonna entered negotiations to buy a $20 million penthouse under construction on Tel Aviv’s trendy Rothschild Boulevard, according to Hollywood celebrity gossip website TMZ. The project developer later said that the negotiations fell through.

Still, the Material Girl has been visiting Israel on semi-regular trips for over a decade to get spiritual guidance from her teachers in the Jewish mystical tradition of kabbalah.

Madonna clearly has an affinity for Jewish-Israeli culture. In her 2005 kabbalah-infused club song “Isaac,” she sampled a rabbi chanting the Hebrew poem “Im Ninalu” – written by 17th-century Yemenite rabbi Shalom Shabazi and made famous by Israeli singer Ofra Haza.

And in 2012, she launched her MDNA global concert tour in Israel.

Ashton Kutcher onstage during the Teen Choice Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California. on Aug. 11, 2013. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Madonna isn’t the only kabbalah-curious Hollywood celebrity thinking of putting down roots in Israel. Actor Ashton Kutcher reportedly spent part of a business trip two years ago looking for office space on Rothschild Boulevard.

Kutcher has visited Israel for kabbalistic learning, marriage counseling and the funeral of spiritual mentorRabbi Philip Berg with Jewish “That ‘70s Show” co-star and now-wife Mila Kunis.

He’s also an investor in Israeli companies focused on developing new communications technology. Having consulted with Yossi Vardi about investing in Silicon Wadi, he appeared with the noted Israeli venture capitalist at a local high-tech event in 2013.

Mariah Carey and James Packer attending the New York City premiere of “The Intern” at the Ziegfeld Theater on Sept. 21. Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Pop singer Mariah Carey and her billionaire Australian boyfriend, James Packer, aren’t known to be investors in Start Up Nation. But they’re pals with its first family, the Netanyahus. The Australian press reported in August that Packer was renovating a multimillion-dollar home he purchased last year next-door to the Netanyahu family’s private residence in the Israeli town of Caesarea.

The Israeli press has reported extensively on Sarah Netanyahu’s troubles with the help, but she apparently got along famously with the pop diva when they met backstage after Carey’s August show in Israel. Carey shrugged off efforts to boycott Israel at the time, saying, “I do what I want to do … I don’t care what other people’s political agendas are.”

For his part, Packer attended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress opposing the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran — at the prime minister’s invitation.

NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire, left, with former Israeli President Shimon Peres at the President’s residence in Jerusalem on July 18, 2013. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Basketball fans and anyone who saw the recent hit Amy Schumer movie, “Trainwreck,” are sure to be familiar with Miami Heat power forward Amar’e Stoudemire. But few probably know that he is also part-owner of Jerusalem Hapoel and has openly mulled playing for the Israeli team after retiring from the NBA — which would seem to require that he buy a home in the country.

Then-Israeli President Shimon reportedly even asked Stoudemire to play for the Israeli national team in 2013.

Stoudemire has said that his mother was a Black Hebrew, an African-American religious group that claims descent from the biblical Israelites. Some of the members of the religious group have lived in Israel since 1969and were the subject of 2014 documentary “The Village of Peace,” executive produced by Stoudemire.

Is all this celebrity investment good for Israel’s already overheated housing market? That’s unclear. But at least Kanye West can now claim Middle East experience in his 2020 presidential campaign.

Samberg hosts, Jon Stewart says goodbye at Emmys


First-time award show host Andy Samberg led a night of firsts at the 67th annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

Samberg, a Jewish comedian known for his role in comedy trio The Lonely Island, opened the show at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles with a taped song and dance number that mocked binge TV watching of streaming services like Netflix and HBO GO.

In affirmation of its cultural dominance, HBO went on to clean up across award categories. The network was nominated for 126 Emmys and won 43 of them — with four awards going to its blockbuster hit “Game of Thrones” alone. That’s the most Emmys HBO has won to date and the 15th consecutive year it has bested all other networks, according to The New York Times.

Still, it was cable TV that made real history when Viola Davis became the first African-American to win the Emmy for best actress in a drama for her starring role in ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.”

In other Jewish Emmy news, Jeffrey Tambor took home best lead actor in a comedy for his performance as a transgender woman in Amazon series “Transparent.” Tambor poignantly addressed transgender people in his acceptance speech, saying thank you for “your patience, thank you for your courage, thank you for your stories, thank you for your inspiration and thank you for letting us be part of the change.”

Comedienne Amy Schumer won best variety sketch series for her show “Inside Amy Schumer,” and Jon Stewart was toasted for his 16 years of comedy news service as host of “The Daily Show” — which won best talk show for the 10th time.

Here’s a full list of the winners and nominees:

DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: Game of Thrones (HBO)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Homeland, (Showtime)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Mad Men (AMC)

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Veep (HBO)

Louie (FX)

Modern Family (ABC)

Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Transparent (Amazon)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

ACTOR, DRAMA

WINNER: Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom (HBO)

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)

ACTRESS, DRAMA

WINNER: Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)

Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)

ACTOR, COMEDY

WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Anthony Anderson, Blackish (ABC)

Louis C.K., Louis (FX)

Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)

William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)

ACTRESS, COMEDY

WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback (HBO)

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)

SUPPORTING ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (PBS)

Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Christina Hendricks, Mad Man (AMC)

Joanne Froggett, Downton Abbey (PBS)

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)

SUPPORTING ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

Adam Driver, Girls (HBO)

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang (CBS)

Niecy Nash Getting On (HBO)

Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)

Kat McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent (Amazon)

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)

GUEST ACTOR, DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards, (Netflix)

Alan Alda, The Blacklist (NBC)

Michael J. Fox, The Goodwife (CBS)

Murray Abraham, Homeland (Showtime)

Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Pablo Schreiber, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

GUEST ACTRESS, DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: Margo Martindale, The Americans (FX)

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards (Netflix)

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Allison Janney, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Khandi Alexander, Scandal (ABC)

WRITING, DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Joshua Brand, The Americans (FX)

Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men (AMC)

Matthew Weiner, Mad Men (AMC)

DIRECTING, DRAMA SERIES

WINNER: David Nutter, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Jeremy Podeswa, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland (Showtime)

Steven Soderbergh, The Knick (Cinemax)

GUEST ACTOR, COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Bradley Whitford, Transparent, Amazon

Mel Brooks, The Comedians (FX)

Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

GUEST ACTRESS, COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Joan Cusack, Shameless, Showtime

Christine Baranaski, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Gaby Hoffmann, Girls (HBO)

Pamela Adlon, Louis (FX)

Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family (ABC)

Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

WRITING, COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roceh, Veep (HBO)

David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes (Showtime)

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)

Louis C.K., Louis (FX)

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Jill Soloway, Transparent (Amazon)

DIRECTING, COMEDY SERIES

WINNER: Jill Soloway, Transparent (Amazon)

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)

Louis C.K., Louis (FX)

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Armando Iannucci, Veep (HBO)

REALITY COMPETITION

WINNER: The Voice (ABC)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)

Top Chef (Bravo)

REALITY HOST

WINNER: Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night (NBC)

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway (Lifetime)

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Anthony Bourdain, The Taste (ABC)

STRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM

WINNER: Shark Tank, ABC

Antiques Road Show (PBS)

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)

Mythbusters (Discovery)

Property Brothers (HGTV)

Undercover Boss (CBS)

UNSTRUCTURED REALITY PROGRAM

WINNER: Deadliest Catch, Discovery

Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery)

Intervention (A&E)

Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo)

Naked and Afraid (Discovery)

Wahlburgers (A&E)

VARIETY TALK SERIES

WINNER: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

WINNER: Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)

Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Portlandia (IFC)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

WRITING, VARIETY SPECIAL

WINNER: Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store (LouisCK.net)

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)

Key & Peele Super Bowl Special (Comedy Central)

Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen (HBO)

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)

DIRECTING, VARIETY SERIES

WINNER: Chuck O’Neil, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

James Hoskinson, The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Jerry Foley, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)

Dave Diomedi, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

WRITING, VARIETY

WINNER: Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

The Colbert Report, (Comedy Central)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Key & Peele, (Comedy Central)

Last Week Tonight With Jon Oliver (HBO)

VARIETY SPECIAL

WINNER: The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)

Bill Maher, Live From DC (HBO)

The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)

Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store (LouisCK.net)

Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen (HBO)

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! (PBS)

DIRECTING, VARIETY SPECIAL

WINNER: Don Roy King, The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)

Natalie Johns, Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live In Concert (PBS)

Louis J. Horvitz, The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)

Hamish Hamilton, The Oscars (ABC)

Glenn Weiss, 68th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)

LIMITED SERIES

WINNER: Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

American Crime (ABC)

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)

Wolf Hall (PBS)

MOVIE

WINNER: Bessie (HBO)

Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Curtain, Poirot’s Last Case (AcornTV)

Grace of Monaco (Lifetime)

Hello Ladies (HBO)

Killing Jesus (National Geographic Channel)

Nightingale (HBO)

ACTOR, MINISERIES OR MOVIE

WINNER: Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Timothy Hutton, American Crime (ABC)

Ricky Gervais, Derek Special (Netflix)

Adrien Brody, Houdini (History)

David Oyelowo, Nightingale (HBO)

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall (PBS)

ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR MOVIE

WINNER: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Queen Latifah, Bessie (HBO)

Maggie Gyllenhall, The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)

Emma Thompson, Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (PBS)

SUPPORTING ACTOR MINISERIES OR MOVIE

WINNER: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Richard Cabral, American Crime (ABC)

Denis O’Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie (HBO)

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall (PBS)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS, MINISERIES OR MOVIE

WINNER: Regina King, American Crime (ABC)

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Mo’Nique, Bessie (HBO)

Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

DIRECTING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVIE OR DRAMA SPECIAL

WINNER: Lisa Cholodenko, Olive Kitterdige (HBO)

Ryan Murphy, American Horror Story (FX)

Dee Rees, Bessie (HBO)

Hugo Blick, The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)

Uli Edel, Houdini (History)

Tom Shankland, The Missing (Starz)

Peter Kosminsky, Wolf Hall (PBS)

WRITING FOR A LIMITED SERIES, MOVE OR DRAMA SPECIAL

WINNER: Jane Anderson, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

John Ridley, American Crime (ABC)

Dee Reese, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, Horton Foote, Bessie (HBO)

Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupinitsky, Lee Eisenberg, Hello Ladies: The Movie (HBO)

Hugo Blick, The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)

Peter Straughan, Wolf Hall

DOCUMENTARY

WINNER: The Jinx: The Life And Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)

American Masters (PBS)

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (PBS)

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (PBS)

The Sixties (CNN)

OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM

WINNER: Over the Garden Wall (Cartoon Network)

Archer (FX)

Bob’s Burgers (Fox)

The Simpsons (Fox)

South Park (Comedy Central)

OUTSTANDING SHORT-FORMAT ANIMATED PROGRAM

WINNER: Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

Disney Micky Mouse (Disney Channel)

Regular Show (Cartoon Network)

Robot Chicken (Adult Swim)

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Wander Over Yonder (Disney XD)

After ‘Trainwreck’ shooting, Amy and Charles Schumer join for gun control


U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York joined with his cousin, comedian Amy Schumer, to launch a campaign for gun control.

At a news conference at the senator’s office in Manhattan on Monday, Amy Schumer said she agreed to his request for the campaign, dubbed “Schumer and Schumer, Enough is Enough,” in the wake of the July 23 shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, during a screening of her film “Trainwreck.” Two people were killed and nine were injured.

“I’m not sure why this man chose this movie to end these two beautiful lives and injure nine others, it’s very personal for me,” said Amy Schumer, who stars in and wrote the movie. “Unless something is done and done soon, dangerous people will continue to get their hands on guns.”

The Louisiana gunman, John Russell Houser, was known for espousing misogyny and anti-Semitism on the Internet and call-in radio. Schumer’s film has been presented as a feminist comedy. Both Schumers are Jewish.

At the news conference, Senator Schumer, a Democrat, said he plans to introduce legislation that would offer incentives to states to share histories of domestic violence and mental problems with the Justice Department, which administers background checks for gun purchasers. It would also fund mental health care. Houser had a history of domestic violence and had been institutionalized.

Houser, who killed himself as police moved in, legally purchased his gun last year.

“It’s often something that shouldn’t have happened in the first place,” Amy Schumer said. “Today’s push makes so much sense because it seeks to address the how.”

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