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  • Obituary Comedian Alan King Was Model for Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal

    Many young Americans know comedian Alan King’s work — they just don’t realize it. The observational style of King, who died this week of lung cancer at age 76, was a model for younger comedians such as Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld. Crystal, a close friend, was one of those who paid tribute to King… More ▸

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    A French comedian facing charges for performing an allegedly anti-Semitic sketch on TV is running for the European Parliament. Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala joined with a group of pro-Palestinian activists heading the Euro-Palestine Party list, which announced it would field candidates for the Paris region in elections next month. At the new party’s launch Wednesday, leaders… More ▸

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    Celebrities from architect Daniel Libeskind to sex adviser Dr. Ruth will attend a pre-Passover seder in New York. Other stars, including rock singer Perry Farrell, composer Steve Reich, author Douglas Rushkoff, comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara and actor Theodore Bikel, are due to gather at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial… More ▸

  • In Israel, Public Holds Its Breath to See How Hamas Will Respond

    In the eerie emptiness of malls and open-air markets, in the nervous jokes Israelis make before taking their seat at cafes and in the anxious glances bus riders exchange, it’s understood that the waiting game has begun. Israel is a country hanging in grim suspense — wondering when, where and how Hamas will exact its… More ▸

  • Chopped Liver Gets a Mention, but No Jewish Wins on Oscar Night

    If Jewish Hollywood fans had something to be excited about on Oscar night, it wasn’t the success of Jews on the silver screen. Though the 76th Academy Awards brought much cheer to New Zealand, home of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which took home a whopping 11 Oscars, it brought… More ▸

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    Comedian Joan Rivers reportedly is looking for love. The comedian recently signed up for JDate.com, the most popular online Jewish dating service. “I wouldn’t give my real name,” Rivers told the Los Angeles Times. “I didn’t want to post my picture, so I tried to use a photo of Nicole Kidman with a line through… More ▸

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    Lenny Bruce received a posthumous pardon for using an obscenity. New York Gov. George Pataki pardoned the Jewish comedian Tuesday, calling the move “a declaration of New York’s commitment to upholding the First Amendment.” More ▸

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    Krusty the Clown, of “The Simpsons” fame, had a belated Bar Mitzvah. On an episode of the popular cartoon show, which aired Sunday on Fox, Krusty learns that he is not on the Jewish Walk of Fame because he has not had a Bar Mitzvah. To rectify the problem, Krusty reads from the Torah under… More ▸

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    A leading French comic performed a controversial sketch on prime-time television. Dieudonne, a comedian of African origin well-known for provocative performances, appeared dressed as a fervently-Orthodox Jew on a live broadcast Monday evening of “You can’t please everybody,” a popular weekly talk show broadcast on the publicly owned France 3 channel. More ▸