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Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Tribeca Drive-In Presents Classic Movies and Comedy Under Quarantine

Drive-in movie theaters largely went extinct in the age of the multiplex, but they’re having a renaissance during pandemic times.

Hollywood Pays Tribute to the Late Carl Reiner

When Carl Reiner passed away of natural causes at the age of 98 on June 29, he left an indelible mark on Hollywood as...

Jewish Comedy Icon Carl Reiner Dies at 98

TV legend Carl Reiner, the Emmy-winning writer, producer, director and actor who created “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” has died at 98. He passed...

Comedian Myq Kaplan on His Newest Release, ‘A.K.A.’

The Journal caught up with Kaplan to chat about “A.K.A.,” his TV appearances and what it’s like doing comedy during quarantine. 

Claudia Oshry Channels Joan Rivers’ Jewish Comedy in “Disgraced Queen”

“I’m so proudly Jewish,” she told The Journal. “It’s so much a part of my shtick and who I am.”

Jeff Ross, Gilbert Gottfried, and Other Jewish Comedians Compete in ‘Tournament of Laughs’

Jeff Ross, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport and others will face off.

TikTok Dating Show ‘Love In Lockdown’ Follows Love in Quarantine

When 27-year-old comedian Jack Usher started dating his new girlfriend in April, he naturally told his family and friends. However, he also went one...

Make Your Quarantine More Marvelous with the Help of ‘Mrs. Maisel’

If you’re tired of baking sourdough bread and have finished streaming the latest offerings during quarantine, why not live vicariously through the characters of...

NYC Comedy Legend Jeffrey Gurian on Surviving COVID-19 at 63

Jeffrey Gurian is a legend on the New York City comedy scene. He can also be found on his YouTube channel, Comedy Matters TV...

Jerry Stiller, Longtime Comic Who Won Fame on ‘Seinfeld,’ dies at 92

(JTA) — Jerry Stiller, the longtime Jewish comic who became best known for playing the belligerent character Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld,” has died. Stiller died...

From Summer Camp to ‘SNL’: How Chloe Fineman Found Comedy Through Jewish Life

When Chloe Fineman attended New York University to study classical theater, she envisioned her acting career filled with dramatic roles and period pieces. “But...

Alan Zweibel, Writer Behind Jewish Comedy Legends, Made $325 Per SNL Episode

You may not be familiar with writer Alan Zweibel, but you definitely know the comedy legends who have delivered his jokes. As a double...

Can One Laugh During Pandemic Times?

By now, many of us have seen the 90-second viral video in which Israeli mom and special education teacher Shiri Kenigsberg Levi rants about...

Quarantined Jewish Celebrities Celebrate Pesach With Lighthearted, Musical Seder

The COVID-19 pandemic may have thrown the traditional Passover gathering out the window this year, but Jewish (and a few non-Jewish) celebrities improvised a...

Comedian Stephen Glickman Brings Laughter During Pandemic

At a time when comedy clubs are closed and there’s not a lot to laugh about, stand-up comic Stephen Kramer Glickman has released a...

Mel and Max Brooks Want You to Social Distance to Prevent Coronavirus Spread

Comic legend Mel Brooks and his son Max made and posted a video about coronavirus safety that makes its public service point with characteristic...

Comedian Jessica Kirson is Coming Into Her Own

Jessica Kirson is having a moment. The comedian, who has been doing stand-up since 1999, released her first special on Comedy Central, “Talking to...

The Rise of Taika Waititi and ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Since its world premiere at the 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival last Sept. 8, “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi’s Nazi satire, consistently has made...

On Being a Character

The Talmud says that we should always judge other people favorably. We must also judge ourselves favorably. — Rabbi Nachman of Breslov You’re being judged...

A Night of Female Comedy: ‘Three Jews and a Blonde’

The Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) presented its first stand-up comedy show, “Three Jews and a Blonde Walk Into the Braid,” with two performances on...

Temple Beth Am’s ‘Hanukkah Monologues’ Set the Mood for the Festival of Lights

“A trigger warning,” Bryan Carmel said, stepping to the microphone at Temple Beth Am. “The following story contains treif.”  On Dec. 15, Carmel was one...

Comedy Icon Revealed in ‘Mel Brooks Unwrapped’

The genius behind such iconic comedy classics as “The Producers,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Blazing Saddles” and, with best buddy Carl Reiner, “The 2000-Year-Old Man,” Mel...

What’s Happening: IDF ‘Shabbat of Heroes,’ Sephardic ‘Papers’

FRI DEC 6 Zamru Friday Night Shomrei Torah Synagogue holds Zamru Friday Night, a unique, musically rich kabbalat Shabbat service and dinner. Cantor Jackie Rafii and...

What’s Happening: Sephardic-Latino Concert, ‘For Sama’ Doc

FRI NOV 29 Wolrd AIDS Day Shabbat Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) and Congregation Kol Ami, the community’s largest LGBTQ+ congregations, observe World AIDS Day, which takes...

Tiffany Haddish to Celebrate ‘Black Mitzvah’

Tiffany Haddish, who is Jewish on her father’s side, will talk about that side of her heritage in her next Netflix comedy special, “Black...

Comic Timing Runs in the Family

I love Sukkot. It’s one of the highlights of my year because my wife, Kylie Ora Lobell, and I enjoy hosting family and friends...

What’s Happening: Andre Aciman, Women’s Wartime ‘Heroism’

FRI NOV 1 YJP Dinner A diverse group of 20- and 30-something Jewish professionals celebrate Shabbat dinner in the La Brea-Third Street neighborhood. The evening includes...

Sarah Silverman to Star in HBO Comedy Special, Late-Night Series

Sarah Silverman appeared in the HBO comedies “Mr. Show with Bob and David” and “The Larry Sanders Show” and 2013 stand-up special “We Are...

‘YidLife Crisis’ Tackles Anti-Semitism

Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion were almost through the third season of their Yiddish-language YouTube comedy series, “YidLife Crisis,” when they decided to start...

Seinfeld, Bradley Cooper and My Wife

My wife and I were recently in New York City for Jerry Seinfeld’s 65th birthday party. What a great night. I’d love to show...

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Jewish Agency Releases Numbers of Jewish Coronavirus Deaths From Countries Around the World

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jewish deaths around the world from the coronavirus — excluding the United States, Israel and the countries of the former Soviet...

Canadian High School Students Chant ‘Jews Are Our Dogs’ at Protest Against Israeli Annexation Scenario

A group of protesters that included high school students chanted “Jews are our dogs” during a July 4 rally in Canada against Israel’s possible...

SHEIN Apologizes for Selling Swastika Necklace on Their Website

Online clothing store SHEIN issued an apology on July 9 for selling a swastika necklace on its website. The Stop Anti-Semitism.org watchdog shared a screenshot...

Roy Moore’s Lawsuit Against Sacha Baron Cohen Can Proceed, Judge Rules

(JTA) — The lawsuit filed by Roy Moore, a former Alabama chief  justice, against Sacha Baron Cohen stemming from his appearance on the comedian’s...

Stephen Jackson Apologizes for Saying Rothschilds Own the Banks: ‘It Wasn’t An Insult’

Former NBA player Stephen Jackson issued an apology on CNN for defending Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s social media posts and saying on...
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