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  • Wayne, Johnny; Shuster, Frank (YouYube, 1958)
    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 ...
  • Salutin, Rick (Toronto Star, 2011-08-25)
    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 ...
  • Scott, A.O.; Silverman, Sarah (New York Times, 2021-05-19)
    Film Critic for the New York Times, A.O. Scott, wrote a scathing review of Sarah Silverman's 2005 movie, "Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic." He criticized her for the attitude reflected in the film about race."“She depends ...
  • Goldstein, Eric (Jewish Women's Archive, 2009-02-27)
    This article is about Elaine May, the daughter of an actor in Yiddish theater, who was part of the popular and successful comedy duo in the 1950s and 60s, Mike Nichols and Elaine May. She later became one of the most ...
  • Nichols, Mike; May, Elaine (YouTube, 2020-06-20)
    A video of one of the signature comedy routines of Mike Nichols and Elaine May. This particular performance was from the July 9, 1965 episode of the Jack Paar Show. The routine depicts the exasperated frustration of a man ...
  • Wolcott, James (The New York Times Book Review, 2021-02-02)
    A review of journalist and film historian, Mark Harris's biography of the well-know movie director, Mike Nichols. The book describes how Nichols trajectory was galvanized at the University of Chicago, where he met Elaine ...
  • Diamond, Neil; Streisand, Barbra (YouTube, 2014-05-01)
    A performance by Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand of their hit song, "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." The song was written by Marilyn and Alan Bergman and Neil Diamond. Click on the link above to listen and see the YouTube ...
  • Augustyn, Adam (Encylopedia Britannica, 2020-06-29)
    This article is about radio and television host Ira Glass, best known for his program on National Public Radio (NPR), "This American Life." The program was honored with several Peabody awards and the Pulitzer Prize in ...
  • Borden, Anne (Jewish Women's Archive, 2009-03-20)
    This article describes the career of Sophie Tucker, an international vaudeville star, who performed for over fifty years. She performed in both Yiddish and English. Her most well-known song was "My Yiddishe Momme,” which ...
  • Bergan, Ronals (The Guardian, 2020-06-30)
    An obituary of Carl Reiner, who died at the age of 98. The article discusses Reiner's long career, beginning with his role as a writer and performer on the popular comedy series, "Your Show of Shows," starring Sid Ceasar ...
  • World Jewish Congress (YouTube, 2018-12-08)
    A video produced by the World Jewish Congress illustrating with quotes Sammy Davis Jr.'s identification with the state of Israel and with the Jewish people. Click on the link to see it on YouTube.
  • Green, David B. (Haaretz, 2013-05-16)
    Part of Haaretz's "This Day in Jewish History" series, this article discusses the life, career and formal conversion to Judaism of the African-American entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr. The article notes that while Davis was ...
  • Keepnews, Peter (The New York Times, 2020-05-11)
    The New York Times' obituary for comedian and actor Jerry Stiller. Stiller's career career included stand-up comedy with his wife, Anne Meara, roles in both Broadway and off-Broadway and on television, most notably in the ...
  • The Danny Kaye Society (unicefusa.org, 2019)
    A short biography of Danny Kaye, a popular twentieth century entertainer and a dedicated humanitarian. Click on the link above to access.
  • Benny, Jack (CBS, 1960-12-04)
    An entire television episode of the Jack Benny Program, downloaded from the Internet Archive. It was first aired on December 4, 1960. It was added to the Internet Archive in 2008. Click on the icon to watch the program.
  • Teachout, Terry (Commenatry Magazine, 2017-10)
    This article in Commentary Magazine discusses the uniqueness and"quintessentially Jewish" nature of Jack Benny's comedy. "The Jack Benny Program" initially began as a radio show in 1932 that continued until 1950, when it ...
  • Admin (Jewish Currents, 2018-01-19)
    A brief biographical article on George Burns that includes the entire pilot for The George Burns and Gracie Allan Show. Click on the link above to access.
  • Keiles, Jamie Lauren (New York Times, 2019-11-27)
    A biographical portrait in The New York Times Magazine of Adam Sandler who from 1999 through 2011 "would star in 12 of his own live-action comedies. All but “Little Nicky” — a hellish version of “King Lear,” in which Sandler ...
  • Hackett, Buddy (YouTube, 2013-12-09)
    One of the many appearances of the well-known Jewish American comedian Buddy Hackett on the Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Click on the link above to access the YouTube video.
  • Erickson, Harold L.; Barson, Michael (Encyclopædia Britannica, inc., 2019-03-27)
    A biographical article about the early life, career and films of Mel Brooks. It describes his launch as an entertainer in the Borscht Belt, predominantly Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. According to the article, ...

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