Pretty Much Pop #165: Jewish Comedy w/ Daniel Lobell

Your hosts Mark, Lawrence, Sarahlyn, and Al explore the characteristics of Jewish comedy with stand-up/graphic novelist Daniel, whose film Reconquistador explores his ancestors being kicked out of Spain. What’s the connection of Jewish humor to anti-semitism? 

We talk about relating as a creator to your identity, Jewish people seeing themselves in film and TV, the experience of literally seeing yourself in a film, Jewish comedy as philosophy or social commentary, and “Jewish humor” vs. humor by people who happen to be Jewish.

We touch on Mel Brooks, Larry David, Adam Sandler, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, and feminist Jewish comedy shows such as Broad City, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Inside Amy Schumer.  

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FYI this was recorded back in early November when the Gaza war and its accompanying flurry of anti-Semitism was a bit more raw.

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Listen to our earlier episode with Daniel about philosophy as comedy.

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Audio editing by Tyler Hislop of Pixel Box Media.

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