(Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), 2023-04-27) Silow-Carroll, Andrew
From 1991 until 2018, Jerry Spinger, the son of Jewish refugees from the Holocaust, was the host of a "circus-like syndicated talk show featuring feuding couples, angry exes and frequent fisticuffs." In response to criticism, including from British rabbis, Springer apologized for his tabloid-style daytime television program. Prior to his television program, Springer was politically involved. He worked on the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy, ran an unsuccessful campaign for the United States Congress and was elected to Cincinnati’s City Council in 1971. In 1977, he served for a year as the mayor of Cincinnati. Click on the link to read the article.
A video of one of Mort Sahl's appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show. Sahl was a groundbreaking Jewish American comedian, who based much of his comedy on topical subjects of the day. Click on the link above to view the video. Check out the link below for a biography of Sahl.
Stand-up comedian Mort Sahl, who died in October 2021, was well-known for being and outspoken political critic, taking broad aim across the political spectrum. Especially noteworthy was his willingness to frankly express political views during the McCarthy period in the United States. He believed that the role of the Jew is to "rock the boat and to be inquisitive - intellectually curious," and to strive to improve society. Click on the link above to read the article.
A YouTube video of the comedy routine, "Rinse The Blood Off My Toga," which Wayne and Shuster performed on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1958 (no upload date is available). Click on the link above to see the video. To read an article about Wayne and Shuster in the "Toronto Star," click on the link below.
Wayne and Shuster were a comedy duo who were active for over 50 years. Although they achieved notable fame in the United States, making numerous appearances on the "Ed Sullivan Show," they did not relocate to the United States and lived in Toronto. Salutin sees their comedy as characterized by a "gentleness and generosity," which he attributes to their immigrant experience and to having witnessed antisemitism. Through their association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), they helped to forge a consciousness of Canadian culture. Click on the link above to read the article.