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Keeping it real with Amy Schumer

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:00am
By Ben Welch for TheJC

 

We talk to the comedian about conquering low self esteem, early antisemitic experiences and THAT Instagram pic


Most actors when they call in sick from promotional duties are usually making an excuse for a hangover. Not Amy Schumer. The stand-up comedian, who is fast becoming one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, has just spent five days hospitalised with a “horrible kidney infection”, under the watchful eyes of the doctors, her sister Kim and chef Chris Fischer, her husband, whom she married in February.

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Shavuot Videos

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am

 

Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19.

 

 

This week we're happy to highlight videos about Shavuot, several that you can find on Jvillage Network's Shavuot Holiday Guide.

Learn all about the holiday from BimBam.

Watch how wheat is harvested.

Is that cheese really Ben Stiller?

And learn all about the holiday in 60 seconds, no kidding!

 

Chag Sameach/Happy Holiday and enjoy!

 

Jewcy Interviews: Most Likely to Murder

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
By Abe Fried-Tanzer for Jewcy


A conversation with the Jewish directors of the upcoming heavily Jewish murder-mystery comedy.


Though it’s nowhere near Thanksgiving, now is as good a time as any for the release of an entertaining comedy about coming home for the holidays that may be especially enjoyable for Jewish audiences.

In Most Likely to Murder, which debuted at South by Southwest last month, Billy (Adam Pally) returns home to Long Island when his parents tell him they’re moving. He tries to rekindle a romance with his high school girlfriend, Kara (Rachel Bloom), only to learn that she is dating Lowell (Vincent Kartheiser), the neighbor he used to torment. 

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Watch Katrina Lenk Kill It As Tevye

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Gabriela Geselowitz for Jewcy


The star of ‘The Band’s Visit’ accompanies herself on violin for “If I Were a Rich Man.”


Ugh, what can’t Katrina Lenk do?

Over the last year, Lenk has appeared on Broadway in Indecent, had a small role on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and currently stars in The Band’s Visit (she’s definitely a contender for a Tony nomination). That’s a lot of Jewish art for someone who isn’t actually Jewish, but Lenk wasn’t content to stop there. At MCC’s annual Miscast Gala (actors perform gender-swapped numbers), she took on that granddaddy of all Jewish American culture— Fiddler on the Roof.

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Israeli museum's Jewish humor exhibit so funny you could plotz

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
By Maya Cohen For Israel Hayom


"Let There Be Laughter" exhibit at the Beit Hatfutsot Museum of the Jewish People explores Jewish humor throughout history and across the world • Marx Brothers, Jerry Seinfeld, Woody Allen, Wise Men of Chelm among figures presented at Tel Aviv exhibit.

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Who's Afraid of the Museum of the Bible?

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
By Diana Muir Appelbaum for Mosaic


Critics accuse it of threatening the separation of church and state; in truth, Washington’s new museum makes an invaluable contribution to American (and Jewish) cultural literacy.


The loud noise that you can hear from the National Mall in Washington is the sound of brickbats pelting the glass roof of the city’s new Museum of the Bible (MOTB). The museum houses an enormous display of the history and archaeology of the Bible. Its collections are spectacular. Entrance is free. Christian philanthropists paid for it. Evidently, it is for some or all of these reasons that so many of the nation’s critics are outraged.

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Zach Braff’s new show; Camp Ramah on ‘Goldbergs’; Judd Apatow’s new Gary Shandling doc

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
BY NATE BLOOM for Jweekly.com 


"Rise,” a musical drama based on the nonfiction book “Drama High” (2013) by Michael Sokolove, 61, premiered on NBC on March 13. Sokolove grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania, a blue-collar community that has long been in an economic slump. Josh Radnor, 43, plays a character based on Lou Volpe, a Levittown high school teacher who ran an acclaimed theater program for 45 years. Radnor, the former star of “How I Met Your Mother,” is a practicing Jew and a practicing musician. He is currently playing in a band with Australian Jewish musician Ben Lee, 39, and the two released a CD late last year.

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On British TV, A Renaissance For Jewish Characters

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am
By Nathan Abrams for The Forward


For years, British television has been blighted by stock-in-trade Jewish stereotypes. Audiences have had to endure legions of Jewish mothers, Hasidim and Jews who sound like they got off the boat in 1910 whether they’re 10 or 110, and whether it’s 1910 or 2010!

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