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There's Always Someone Jewish

Kipp Friedman | Posted 04.02.2014 | Religion
Kipp Friedman

"Nice hamsa!" said the young barista as we passed by the little coffee shop during an overnight ferry from Oslo to Copenhagen. My wife, Anne, and I w...

Bill Hicks: 20 Years Gone

Patton Oswalt | Posted 02.26.2014 | Comedy
Patton Oswalt

I emceed for Bill Hicks in 1991, at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh, North Carolina. It changed what I wanted to do with comedy, almost instantly.

Café Au Go Go: Still Blowing the Winds of Change

Craig Carpenter | Posted 02.19.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

Change may be defined as transformations occurring over time. It is sometimes hard to discern how far and wide that change will reach, and what it will bring about.

Iran Cooties: Will Obama Meet with Rouhani Tuesday?

Robert Naiman | Posted 11.19.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

On Tuesday, President Obama has a historic opportunity to end the "Iran cooties" policy. Iran's newly-elected, pragmatic, pro-diplomacy President Hassan Rouhani is going to be addressing the United Nations General Assembly. So is U.S. President Barack Obama.

ReThink Review: When Comedy Went to School - Comedy History in the Catskills

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.20.2013 | Comedy
Jonathan Kim

Comedy icons like Jerry Lewis, Jackie Mason, Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and even Woody Allen were able to work and hone material during weeklong stands in front of packed, tough crowds, creating the style and rhythm of what we now consider modern stand up comedy.

Is There a Right 'Dose' of Swearing?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

It would appear that there is a "dose" of swearing that works best. If you swear too much it reduces its benefit, but if you do not swear at all, you may not have as a high a pain tolerance. Swearing seems to have a protective effect -- to a point.

When Comedy Went to School: The Catskills Were a Boot Camp for the Greatest Generation of Comedians

Kristin McCracken | Posted 09.02.2013 | Entertainment
Kristin McCracken

The Borscht Belt, the Jewish Alps, the Sour Cream Sierras... From the 1940s to the 1960s, the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York (primarily Sullivan and Ulster Counties) were the place to be for the growing Jewish community in the Northeast.

The Seinfelding of Comedy: In Defense of Seth MacFarlane

Andy Ostroy | Posted 04.28.2013 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

It's a bit absurd to hire Seth MacFarlane, watch Seth MacFarlane, and then be offended because he's, well, being Seth MacFarlane.

Why Isn't This a Front Page Story Nationwide?

Joel Sucher | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business
Joel Sucher

So time marches on and so do the foreclosures. Justice for homeowners impacted by the fraud is yet to be achieved, and -- if the financial services industry has its way -- the remuneration will be paltry at best.

How Not to Eat Spaghetti With a Celebrity

John DeBellis | Posted 02.18.2013 | Comedy
John DeBellis

Late one weeknight, after I had finished my set, I collected my cab fare at Catch A Rising Star, and hung out looking for a comic to share a ride to the Improvisation. I joined Bobby Kelton and Andy Kaufman (two fellow comics) at a table in the back of the showroom.

Grandparents.com: Taking Care of the Ones We Love Most

Bill_Robinson | Posted 09.17.2012 | Parents
Bill_Robinson

Sunday, September 9th was National Grandparents Day and September is National Grandparents Month. I thought everybody should know because like many I tend to get involved in the struggles of everyday life and forget those that are most important to me.

15 Comedians 'Crossing The Line'

Posted 08.02.2012 | Comedy

A great comedian can take a tough social issue and break it down into something that people can laugh about. Whether it's race, sexuality or good old ...

Minority Report

Lev Raphael | Posted 08.27.2011 | Religion
Lev Raphael

Lenny Bruce once riffed that "If you live in New York or any other big city, you are Jewish. It doesn't even matter if you're Catholic; if you live in New York, you're Jewish."

Jon Stewart Is Definitely A Comedian; Chris Wallace Admits Fox's Bias

Andy Ostroy | Posted 08.21.2011 | Media
Andy Ostroy

Jon Stewart is a true genius. But he's a comic genius. And without even being a true journalist he brilliantly managed to do what no one else has done: get Fox to admit that it's a politically biased television network.

HuffPost Review: American: The Bill Hicks Story

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.12.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

There have been any number of comics who have aspired to the mantle held by comic Lenny Bruce and his obvious heir, Richard Pryor. Their successors ra...

Why We Hate Going to the Dennis

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Michael Sigman

Researchers say that if your appellation is Dennis, you are more likely to become a dentist than a differently monikered individual. But I'm not so sure about this.

Richard Lewis: Greetings From Hell

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Marshall Fine

Richard Lewis is on the phone, shot out of a cannon almost as soon as you pick up the receiver.

HuffPost Review: Saint Misbehavin': The Wavy Gravy Movie

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As characters go, it's hard to find anyone who has had both the Zelig-like ubiquity and, at the same time, the high profile of Hugh Romney, aka Wavy G...

COMEDY: Is Stand-Up The Reality TV Of Broadway?

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Passing off stand-up comedy as a Broadway show, intentionally or not, does nothing but confuse the terminology of theatrical standards, whatever those might be.

Send in the Clowns

Joan Z. Shore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joan Z. Shore

What's exciting or funny about an economic recession, rampant unemployment, homelessness, and poverty? Marie-Antoinette said, "Let them eat cake." Stewart and Colbert said, "Send in the clowns."

1950s: The Not-So-Silent Generation

Tom Alderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Tom Alderman

Fred Kaplan's enlivening 1959: The Year Everything Changed, argues that the '50s -- a decade that saw the invention of the microchip and the creation of explosive art -- has been misunderstood in hindsight.

Dog Ears Music: Born in October Playlist

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week we feature music by Paul Simon, Gwen Stefani, Sting, Hall & Oates, John Lennon, and more.

The Graduate Turns 73: Dustin Hoffman's Top Ten Movies

John Farr | Posted 06.21.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

If you hear some young, unschooled person say, "Oh, Dustin Hoffman, he played Ben Stiller's kooky dad", point them towards the other memorable characters that more accurately reflect this performer's invaluable contribution to film.

Say 'I Do' to Gay Marriage: It's Just Good Business

Vaishali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Vaishali

Ask any wedding-related business out there if they care if their next big spending client is gay or straight, and I suspect the answer you would get would be, "As long as their credit is good, who cares?"

For The Benefit Of Tuli Kupferberg

Michael Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Simmons

For those who trot out the tired cliché of hippies morphing into stockbrokers, check out the Fugs. No sell-out here.