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August 3, 1966: Pioneering comedian and free-speech warrior Lenny Bruce died

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Pioneering comedian and free-speech warrior Lenny Bruce (Leonard Alfred Schneider) died on this date in 1966 at age 40 from a drug overdose. In the early 1950s he worked a double-act with his wife,...
Actor and comedian Jerry Stiller. Source: Screenshot.

Comedian and ‘Seinfeld’ actor Jerry Stiller dies at 92

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Jewish actor and comedian Jerry Stiller has died at the age of 92, his son, actor and comedian Ben Stiller announced on Monday. “I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from...
British Jewish actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Sacha Baron Cohen slams social-media giants for hate speech on platforms

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British Jewish actor Sacha Baron Cohen, upon accepting the Anti-Defamation League’s International Fellowship Award in New York City on Thursday, criticized social-media giants for allowing hate speech to flourish on their platforms. He called the steps taken...
Screenshot of the new Netflix series “Historical Roasts,” which features an episode mocking Anne Frank.

Episode in new Netflix series mocks diarist Anne Frank

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The new Netflix series “Historical Roasts,” which mocks the young Jewish diarist Anne Frank, finds itself in the midst of a backlash. One particular episode features actress Rachel Feinstein as Frank, Gilbert Gottfried as Adolf...

Mel Brooks: ‘Gas chambers’ off limits for comedy

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Veteran Hollywood comedian Mel Brooks has said he can find comedy in almost everything, but that he would never use “gas chambers” or the death of the Jews in the Second World War for...