Comedy

“I am a Jew. What about it?”

Jesse Tisch
Dec. 17 2019 12:01AM

Comedy falters at the gates of hell.

Ross Douthat
Nov. 26 2019 12:01AM

A comedian who embodied a Jewish stereotype from which the sting of prejudice had been leached.

Sept. 15 2017 12:01AM

The nutty professor’s inner Gentile.

Jeremy Dauber
Aug. 23 2017 12:01AM

Thoughts from his latest biographer.

Dec. 8 2015 12:01AM

Pride without meaning or responsibility is a hollow sort of cool.

Andrew Silow-Carroll
Nov. 24 2015 12:01AM

From innuendo in Genesis to grand irony in Jonah, humor forms an important and often overlooked element in the Hebrew Bible.

Robin Gallaher Branch
Aug. 23 2013 12:00AM

Ruth Wisse isn’t asking Jews to stop joking; but more than humor, she knows, is required to fend off their (dead-serious) enemies.

Joseph Epstein
Aug. 12 2013 12:00AM

Old Odessa was tempting: a Vegas-like playground free of restrictions where “you can see the flames of hell.” But what does Odessa tell us. . .

Jeffrey Veidlinger
Aug. 12 2013 12:00AM

Jews have justly become identified with humor and wit, often at their own expense. But is it something of which to be proud—and how proud?. . .

Ruth Wisse
June 19 2013 12:00AM

“I applaud the intellectual courage of [Ruth Wisse's No Joke], the breadth of her learning, the comprehensiveness of her ambitions, her unembarrassed declarations of pleasure. . .

Howard Jacobson
June 3 2013 2:40AM