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  • Jewish king of comedy Sid Caesar turns 89

    Legendary Jewish comedian Sid Caesar turns eighty-nine years old today. Ten years ago on his birthday, Mr. Caesar made a guest appearance on the improv comedy show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" hosted by Drew Carey, where he wowed the audience with his linguistic prowess — and showed that he’s still plenty funny. Video after the… More ▸

  • A Jewish gag’s journey to the ‘Tonight Show’

    Late-night television audiences have come to expect zany song-and-dance numbers from Conan O’Brien’s “The Tonight Show,” but the show’s recent Mormon Christmas send-up actually had its roots in an unusual place: an offline brainstorming session among progressive Jewish bloggers. More ▸

  • Portman references Agriprocessors raid in Oscar presentation

    For those who missed last night’s Academy Awards, one of the highlights of the evening came when Jewish actors Natalie Portman and Ben Stiller took the stage to present the award for cinematography.  Stiller, who was lampooing Joaquin Phoenix’s bewildering appearance on David Letterman last week, came out sporting a shaggy beard and a wild… More ▸

  • Emanuel Heads Forward List of Top 50 Jews

    Barack Obama’s pick for chief of staff topped the annual Forward list of the country’s most influential Jews. U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) was joined in the top five of the Forward 50 by political activist Jeremy Ben-Ami, Obama money woman Penny Pritzker, comedian Sarah Silverman and ethical kosher guru Rabbi Morris Allen. The annual… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Recount in Franken-Coleman race The U.S. Senate race in Minnesota between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and comedian Al Franken is going to a recount. With nearly 2.9 million votes cast, Coleman defeated Franken by fewer than 700 votes, the Associated Press reported. The final margin was well within a state mandate for an automatic recount,… More ▸

  • The Battle for Congress

    With the polls predicting a big Democratic night, the number of Jews in the U.S. Congress is likely to swell and Jewish GOPers could end up losing a few of their favorite lawmakers. The Senate matchup in Minnesota between two Jewish candidates could end up determining whether Democrats acquire a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate…. More ▸