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Andy Kaufman Isn’t Funny

Art historian Miriam Katz wants to bring stand-up comedy into the serious world of galleries and museums

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Brent Weinbach Is Killing Me

He’s one of the most inventive stand-up comedians around. So, why does he sound like a throwback?

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Obama’s Sarah Silverman Problem

The comic’s political videos are actually the worst representation of the president’s subtlety and values

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Pitch Perfect Pitch

A rising generation of American entertainers cracks Jewish jokes galore—and couldn’t care less

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Wallace Markfield, Contender

The novelist and film critic was the most gifted also-ran of the 1960s Jewish-American literary renaissance

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Lenny Bruce Everywhere

Acknowledging the comic’s gift to Zappa, Mailer, Roth, and the other macho titans of eccentric 1960s pop

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L’Antisémite, Banned at Cannes

A new French film is worth watching if only for its portrayal of aesthetic corruption propelled by bigotry

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Non-Jews Telling Jokes

To understand what comedy today reveals about Jews, look at the jokes gentile comedians tell about us

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SNL’s Funniest Jew

Where Adam Sandler’s comedy is nuanced and proudly Jewish, Andy Samberg offers one-note assimilation

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The Not-So-Great ‘Dictator’

In his Arab-despot farce, Sacha Baron Cohen tries too hard to get under the skin of Arabs, Jews, and Americans

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Old Jews Telling More Jokes

The web series ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’ goes off-Broadway, with shtick, songs, and a script by writer Daniel Okrent

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Girls Just Wants to Have Fun

Evaluating comedy on its political merit is like disassembling a vibrator to analyze its mechanics: You can do it, but that’s not what it’s for.

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Dumb, Dumberer, and Dumberest

In their new yuk-fest The Three Stooges, the Farrelly Brothers deracinate a Jewish classic. But the brutish schtick got old a long time ago.

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Jewish Comedy Turns Sane

Once an institutionalized mental patient, the comic Moshe Kasher unleashes his psychological self-abuse in the new memoir Kasher in the Rye

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Obscenity Charges

Sarah Silverman seemed poised to usher in a new generation of secure, sexual, and powerful female comics. Instead, she went for empty shocks and cheap laughs.

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American Master

In a PBS documentary debuting this weekend, comedy guru Robert Weide examines the life and work of Woody Allen, film’s iconic nebbishy New York Jew

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Bad Sport

The Jewish hero of the FX sitcom The League offers an engaging blend of Woody Allen’s neurosis and Larry David’s intransigence

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Divine Comedy

Fifty years after his famous midnight concert in Carnegie Hall, Lenny Bruce is as famous as ever. But he’s still much more a prophet than a comedian.

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Converted

How Sarah Silverman finally won me over

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Remembering Jean Carroll, Trailblazing Jewish Comedienne

Listen to one of Carroll’s classic bits

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The 2,000 Year Old Man Brought Jewish Humor Mainstream

Brooks and Reiner tell ‘Times,’ as they prepare for box set

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Sundown: Maidel-on-Maidel Action

Online Yiddish, comedic justice, and evangelical fervor

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Wretched Rivers Roast

Joan was the only highlight of her Comedy Central special

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Funny Jewish People

New film is Jewish, in a non-Borscht Belt way

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Jewish Comedy, Then and Now

Cranky essayist prefers the early, funny stuff

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No Laughs for Lebanon

French-Jewish comedian cancels Beirut show

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Weak, in Review

Harold Ramis and Woody Allen get mostly panned

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This Weekend in Media Irritants

Conan, Peyser, Israelis, and punk

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Funny Girls

An off-Broadway show pays homage to the queens of comedy

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The Ha-Ha

What’s in a joke? Jim Holt finds out.