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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.

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Radical Riff

How comedians of the 1960s and ’70s revolutionized stand-up

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A Fine Mess

How a filmmaker turned his movie flop into a groundbreaking book

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Managed Care

Rattled by a sudden lack of indifference

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Let’s Put on a Show

Daily Show writer Rob Kutner started putting on an annual Purimspiel five years ago. He discusses his rowdy and popular parody with Sara Ivry.

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A Place for Us

What’s more unlikely than a romantic comedy

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Bullets Over Broadway and Everyone Says I Love You

Adventures at a Woody Allen film festival

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The Bogeymen of Studio 60

On Aaron Sorkin’s new show, the banter is flying and the Christian right is raging

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Sweet and Lowdown

Dani Levy on his groundbreaking comedy that swept the German Oscars

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Headlights

A comedienne’s special kind of holiday cheer

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Playing the Jester

From the archives: Jackie Hoffman tells two stories about Jews and Jesus

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