The late, great comedian’s ‘Your Show of Shows’ tried to pass in postwar, assimilationist America
Andy Samberg’s hit new comedy was a lovable underdog—until they won big
The intimate, obscene, lovable, fearless stand-up of ‘We Are Miracles’ shows the comedian at her sweet, shameless best
David Tuchman’s unorthodox quest to retranslate the entire Hebrew Bible
The Tattler: Critics focus on the childlike nature of his humor, but there’s always been more than meets the eye to the King of Id
But in an in-depth interview with Tablet Magazine, he also gets serious about Israel, anti-Semitism, and why Italians love him
A thorough new biography chronicles the rise and fall of the big, Jewish self-destructive funnyman
Art historian Miriam Katz wants to bring stand-up comedy into the serious world of galleries and museums
He’s one of the most inventive stand-up comedians around. So, why does he sound like a throwback?
The comic’s political videos are actually the worst representation of the president’s subtlety and values
A rising generation of American entertainers cracks Jewish jokes galore—and couldn’t care less
The novelist and film critic was the most gifted also-ran of the 1960s Jewish-American literary renaissance
Acknowledging the comic’s gift to Zappa, Mailer, Roth, and the other macho titans of eccentric 1960s pop
A new French film is worth watching if only for its portrayal of aesthetic corruption propelled by bigotry
To understand what comedy today reveals about Jews, look at the jokes gentile comedians tell about us
Where Adam Sandler’s comedy is nuanced and proudly Jewish, Andy Samberg offers one-note assimilation
In his Arab-despot farce, Sacha Baron Cohen tries too hard to get under the skin of Arabs, Jews, and Americans
The web series ‘Old Jews Telling Jokes’ goes off-Broadway, with shtick, songs, and a script by writer Daniel Okrent
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.
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.
Once an institutionalized mental patient, the comic Moshe Kasher unleashes his psychological self-abuse in the new memoir Kasher in the Rye
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.
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
The Jewish hero of the FX sitcom The League offers an engaging blend of Woody Allen’s neurosis and Larry David’s intransigence
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.
How Sarah Silverman finally won me over
Listen to one of Carroll’s classic bits
Brooks and Reiner tell ‘Times,’ as they prepare for box set
Online Yiddish, comedic justice, and evangelical fervor
Joan was the only highlight of her Comedy Central special