Jewish comedians

My Tea With ‘Dudi’

Meeting up — again — with comedian David Steinberg.

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Watching a first-rate documentary a few weeks ago on Showtime about David Steinberg, the controversial but loveable Canadian-born comedian, actor, writer and director, brought back a flood of memories for me.

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Comedy Legend Sid Caesar Dead At 91

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Sid Caesar, regarded as the founding father of American Jewish comedy and live original sketch comedy, has died.

Caesar, who reportedly has been in failing health for a year, died Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91.

Sid Caesar and co-star Imogene Coca in "Your Show of Shows."

SNL's Debbie Downer, On The Upswing

Comedienne Rachel Dratch dishes on dating disasters and an accidental pregnancy.

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From her days as Boston Teen Denise “Zazu” McDonough to her recurring appearance as Debbie Downer on “Saturday Night Live” from 1999 until 2006, Rachel Dratch has amused millions. In 2012, after becoming pregnant by accident at nearly 44, she penned an autobiographical book, “Girl Walks into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle” (Gotham), about her journey from singlehood to motherhood and partnership with her baby’s father, John Wahl.

Former “SNL” cast member Rachel Dratch says she will raise her son “with Jewish influences.” Mary Ellen Matthews

A Jewish Comedian Raised On Sitcoms

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Nothing encapsulates American culture better than the sitcom. In “The Judy Show: My Life as a Sitcom,” comic Judy Gold fondly remembers the television programs that molded her upbringing and her outlook on life. Co-written with Kate Moira Ryan, the show explores Gold’s obsession with American pop culture and her ongoing sense of outsider-ness as a performer who is both Jewish and openly gay. Directed by Amanda Charlton, “The Judy Show” opens Off-Broadway next week at the DR2 Theatre (103 E. 15th St.

Comic Judy Gold definitely did not see herself in the sitcoms of the ‘70s like “The Brady Bunch.” T. Charles Erickson

Last Jewish Comic Standing

Hebrew school teacher takes top honors in annual Jewish Week contest.

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A room full of Jewish comedians inevitably led to one thing. Jokes about disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

“I actually met Weiner at my 8th grade graduation,” said one comedian, Saul Good. “He shook my hand ... I’ve been using Purell [hand sanitizer] ever since.”

Several of the seven comedians competing at the 12th annual Jewish Week Comedy Contest poked fun at Weiner, and covered familiar ground like dating, family and Jewish holidays.

Teacher, tutor and entertainer Aaron Friedman took home top honors at the "Funniest Jewish Comedian" competition in New York.
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