Arts and Culture

With a nod to Carl Reiner, ‘My Favorite Year’ recalls the infancy of TV sketch comedy

By MARC BRODSKY

(JTA) — With the passing this week of Carl Reiner, we lost one of the comedy greats, Jewish or otherwise. His obituary recalled a show business career that dated to the infancy of television in the 1950s.

Reiner gained success starting in his late 20s as a...
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Carl Reiner, comedy legend and consummate old Jew telling jokes, dies at 98

(JTA) – Until the last day of his life, Carl Reiner was tweeting about some of his favorite topics: politics, comedy and the twists and turns he experienced over decades as one of the world’s greatest living funnymen.

Reiner died Monday at 98, hours after reiterating his dismay that Donald Trump...
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Haim releases 3rd album to critical acclaim and will stream concert live from Canter’s deli

(JTA) — The Jewish Haim sisters are back with a third album of pop rock, titled “Women in Music Pt. III,” and the reviews are glowing.

The Wall Street Journal called the production “brilliant.” The Independent said it was “fearless and effervescent.” And Pitchfork described it as “Intimate, multidimensional, and...
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A famed Hollywood screenwriter has previously backed up Winona Ryder’s claim that Mel Gibson called Jews ‘oven dodgers’

By GABE FRIEDMAN

(JTA) — Los Angeles Magazine unearthed a podcast episode from last year in which a prominent Hollywood screenwriter backs up Winona Ryder’s recent claims about Mel Gibson, namely that he is anti-Semitic and called the Jewish actress an “oven dodger.”

On an episode of the magazine’s “The...
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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform free online concert

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will offer a free concert available online as part of a virtual fundraising gala to help overcome losses due to COVID-19.

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren will host the event. Registration is required to receive the link.

The program includes short performances by...
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Chelsea Handler deletes video clip of Louis Farrakhan that included her defense of his anti-Semitism

(JTA) — Chelsea Handler deleted a video clip of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan that the Jewish comedian posted on Instagram, including a defense of Farrakhan’s virulent anti-Semitism.

Handler had come under criticism in the comments to her post of Sunday, which was deleted without explanation on Tuesday. She...
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Doubling down on anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, rapper Ice Cube tweets again — and faces a backlash

(JTA) — Two days after being criticized for tweeting a mural some have called anti-Semitic, the rapper Ice Cube was back at it on Wednesday, tweeting images associated with multiple conspiracy theories — and facing open criticism from other celebrities.

One image is of a Star of David with a...
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There’s going to be a new ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ movie

(JTA) — Wonder of wonders: “Fiddler on the Roof” is returning to the big screen.

MGM will produce a remake of the iconic 1964 musical about the struggles and joys of Jewish life in the fictional Eastern European shtetl of Anatevka, according to Deadline.

The new film will bring some...
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Little Richard loved Judaism

(JTA) — Little Richard, a founding architect of rock ‘n’ roll who died Saturday at 87, was fascinated with Judaism for decades — so much so that he might have even observed Shabbat.

As detailed in an article published in the Forward after the flamboyant singer’s death, Little Richard mentioned...
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Jerry Stiller, longtime comic who won fame on ‘Seinfeld,’ dies at 92

(JTA) — Jerry Stiller, the longtime Jewish comic who became best known for playing the belligerent character Frank Costanza on “Seinfeld,” has died.

Stiller died of natural causes, his son, the comic actor Ben Stiller, announced in a tweet Monday. He was 92.

Jerry Stiller was a classically trained actor...
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