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
New film is Jewish, in a non-Borscht Belt way
Cranky essayist prefers the early, funny stuff
French-Jewish comedian cancels Beirut show
Harold Ramis and Woody Allen get mostly panned
Conan, Peyser, Israelis, and punk
An off-Broadway show pays homage to the queens of comedy
What’s in a joke? Jim Holt finds out.
How comedians of the 1960s and ’70s revolutionized stand-up
How a filmmaker turned his movie flop into a groundbreaking book
Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference
Daily Show writer Rob Kutner started putting on an annual Purimspiel five years ago. He discusses his rowdy and popular parody with Sara Ivry.