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  • 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.
  • Krebs, Albin (New York Tiines, 1977-08-20)
    An obituary for the comedian, movie star and talk show host, Groucho Marx, one of the Marx Brothers. This article was digitized from the print archive of the New York Times. Click on the link to access.
  • The Great Harry Houdini (thegreatharryhoudini.com, 2018)
    A Web Site devoted to the great magician, Harry Houdini. Includes a biography, videos of some of his magic tricks and much more. Click on the link above to access the site.
  • 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 ...
  • Lewis, Jerry (YouTube, 1961)
    An example of Jerry Lewis's standup comedy from an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Click on the link to watch the recording.
  • Dauber, Jeremy (New York Times, 2017-08-21)
    In an op-ed article in the New York Times, Jeremy Dauber considers what was uniquely Jewish about the comedy of Jerry Lewis. Click on the link above to read the article.
  • Susman, Gary (Vanity Fair, 2017-08-20)
    An obituary of Jerry Lewis in Vanity Fair. Click on the link above to read the obituary.
  • 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 ...
  • Silverman, Sarah; Allen, Woody; Bruce, Lenny (You Tube, 2007-12-28)
    Stand-up comedy routines focusing on Jewishness by Sarah Silverman, Woody Allen and Lenny Bruce. Click on the link to see the You Tube video.
  • Biography.com (A&E Television Networks, 2017-11-20)
    Biographical article about Jon Stewart, which discusses his career, his widely-varied professional endeavors and the groundbreaking nature of The Daily Show, which he hosted from 1999-2015. Click on the link above to access ...
  • Stewart, Jon (CNN, 2015-04-30)
    YouTube video of Jon Stewart's biting interview with New York Times reporter, Judith Miller. Miller is Miller's reporting on Iraq in the lead up to the Iraq war, is widely believed to have lent credibility to the George ...
  • Goodman, H.A. (HuffPost, 2017-12-06)
    This article discusses how Jon Stewart approaches Israel in The Daily Show. He defends Stewart against accusations that he is a "self-hating Jew " or "anit-Israel," arguing that, in the tradition of Jewish humor, he uses ...
  • Pew Research Center: Journalism & Media staff (Pew Research Center, 2008-03-08)
    The Pew Research Center studied the content and structure of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It looks at its relationship to mainstream journalism, its audience, and the nature of its comedy and satire. Click on the link ...
  • Zinoman, Jason (New York Times, 2016-08-29)
    A critical biographical essay on Lenny Bruce, containing links to two of his performances. Click on the link above to access the article.
  • 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, ...
  • Mostel, Zero (YouTube, 2017-04-23)
    YouTube video of Zero Mostel performing the song "If I Were a Rich Man" from the Broadway musical, "Fiddler on the Roof." Click on the link above to watch the performance.
  • McFadden, Robert D. (New York Times, 1977-09-09)
    New York Times obituary of Zero Mostel. Click on the link above to access the obituary.

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