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I am blessed to have spent time with Jackie Mason. He made me laugh as much and, at times, more than any other comedian I ever saw.
In a strange way, I learned a lot from Ruby.
"Transition” is a nice word if you believe you’re transitioning to somewhere better. If not, the “T” word could be scary.
It is rare when a day goes by that something does not amaze me.
The good news is that he did not die. And more good news is that he’s healing, albeit slowly, but nevertheless healing.
After a year of COVID and after a year of solitude, life is getting back to life.
The “pause when agitated” rule can save marriages, jobs, and friendships.
I felt blessed and happy, and in the right place.
The best of all is knowing that this new family member is a much bigger slob than I am.
I’ll need two things: a Jewish neighborhood and to be near a hospital.
She is as good as any working performer out there today.
Sir Anthony Hopkins is not only a good man, but he’s a courageous man.
We Americans love our holidays and special occasions. Many non-Jews have actually told me that they have thought about becoming Jewish just because we...
If possible, in the mornings, try and do something for someone before you do something for yourself, even if it’s feeding a stray cat. It gets you out of yourself.
There are a few people in life that, every time you see them, you feel a shot of happiness shoot through your veins. Rabbi Nachum and Rebbetzin Emuna Braverman are two of those people.
One of the keys to making almost any big or small change in your life is your willingness to make that change. Even the smallest amount of willingness can make a huge difference.
Multitasking has cut all of our attention spans. Paying attention takes practice. It means getting out of yourself and really finding out about someone else.
Comedy, like any job, can keep you young and vital if you enjoy doing it. Most comics are on a lockdown hiatus. How do we stay sane?
I know there is some pain that seems unbearable but, if you look hard enough, you’ll find someone, somewhere, somehow who has gotten through.
I have very little DNA “culture” in my bones. The few ballets I’ve attended, I didn’t leave thinking about the great artistry of the danseuse or the danseur.
Try saying two nice things to at least two people every day — especially to your spouse and kids. They’ll appreciate it.
Every grandparent we talked to said the same thing, “Welcome to the club. You’ll see it’s the best club in the world.”
Every day, she would delight me for five minutes with stories about James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy and other stars.
We must memorialize the Jewish comedy icon.
“The wide world is all about you: You can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.” — J.R.R. Tolkien “Try to stop...
Sometimes people need or want to call it quits. Sometimes a spouse almost or does kill the other.
These days, it’s difficult for a Republican and a Democrat to be friends. But how about a Palestinian Muslim and a Beverlywood practicing Jew?...
At Marvin and Dora’s 50th wedding anniversary, Marvin toasts, “May my lovely Dora live till 119 and may I live till 120.” Someone asks,...
If you lie to your dog, you’ll probably lie to your friends and family. I’m well aware that during this COVID-19 pandemic people are losing...
Every day, people tell me that they have to stop watching news about the coronavirus. They tell me they can’t take it. So I...