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Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos (left) and comedian Dave Chappelle at the Netflix FYSEE Kick-Off Event at Raleigh Studios on May 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. Credit: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock.

Netflix defends Dave Chappelle’s comedy special featuring ‘Space Jews’ joke

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Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos said the streaming service will not remove Dave Chappelle’s new comedy special “The Closer,” which has faced a backlash for featuring controversial comments, including an anti-Semitic joke. After “The Closer” premiered...
Kathryn Hahn, May 2016. Credit: T'ruah via Wikimedia Commons.

Jews need to opt out of the ‘woke victim’ competition

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Maybe the problem is that we should stop paying so much attention to what comedians say. Too much of our national discourse has become the function of what writers for late-night comedy shows say...
Comedian Dave Chappelle in the “The Closer,” 2021. Credit: Netflix.

Cancel culture is no laughing matter

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Comedian Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” is making the rounds but not for its hilarity. No, its high ratings can be attributed to the venom that it has elicited from the mainstream...
Jackie Mason. Source: Twitter.

Legendary Jewish stand-up comedian Jackie Mason dies at 93

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Jackie Mason, a former rabbi who went from Catskills comic to hit one-man shows, passed away on Saturday at the age of 93. Mason died at 6 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. His...
Charles Grodin and Art Garfunkel in 2013. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish comedic actor, box-office star of ‘Beethoven’ Charles Grodin dies at 86

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Jewish actor Charles Grodin died of cancer at his home in Wilton, Conn, on Tuesday. He was 86 years old. He was “one of the funniest people I ever met … , ” tweeted Steve...
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Grammy 2021: Tiffany Haddish wins with “Black Mitzvah”

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The Grammys awards ceremony is the panacea for every musical artist. While lights are always taken by other categories, comedy is also highly coveted. This year, the sense of humor so characteristic of the...
An Israeli plane delivers coronavirus vaccines to residents of the television comedy cartoon “South Park.” Source: Screenshot.

Residents of TV comedy ‘South Park’ get vaccinated for COVID, courtesy of Israel

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Just weeks after “Saturday Night Live” aired a “news” segment that said Israel was only vaccinating the “Jewish half” of the country, another comedic television program, “South Park,” is being praised for its take...

Who’s legitimizing the vaccine blood libel?

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Don’t put all the blame on “Saturday Night Live” and Michael Che. One of the show’s head writers and the co-host of its “Weekend Update” skit was guilty of spreading a hateful smear of Israel during the show’s most...

A gag about Israel and vaccines is more than a bad joke

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A comedian telling a bad joke that hurts someone’s feelings isn’t news. Or at least it didn’t use to be. But when the bad joke validates a lie that is fueling the latest anti-Semitic...

October 13th, 1925: Lenny Bruce, American stand-up comedian, social critic, and satirist, was born

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Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider), who stretched the boundaries of free speech with comedy and commentary and taboo subjects, was born in Mineola, New York on this date in 1925. He first became controversial...