Not that it should come as any surprise, but Vulture’s recent list of “The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy” merely affirms the widespread assumption that much if not most of what passes for contemporary humor was and remains directly or indirectly forged out of the tragicomedy of Jewish culture. With roots going back to the Old World badkhns through Yiddish vaudeville and Catskills tummlers, today’s comedy is Jewish through and through.
Murray Louis, a prolific modern dancer and choreographer born into a Yiddish-speaking family in Brooklyn, passed away on Monday. He was 89 years old.
If you don’t listen to your mother maybe you’ll listen to some dating advice from Judge Judy.
Looking for a movie to watch tonight? How about this indie flick starring Bernie Sanders as a rabbi!
Watching “Fiddler on the Roof” is tradition. (TRAAAADITION!) But not everyone has seen the 1971 classic retelling of Sholem Aleichem’s “Tevye the Dairyman.”