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Jackie Hoffman Doesn't Care If You Find The Feminist Message

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Jackie Hoffman

Throughout March, Baruch College Performing Arts Center has been presenting a series of Jewish comediennes in partnership with the Jewish Women’s Arch

Jewish Funny

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Shari Short

It turns out that “Jewish Funny” has become evidence-based. Results from the recent Pew Study “Portrait of Jewish Americans,” four in 10 of the 5.3 million religious and cultural Jews surveyed consider a sense of humor essential to Jewish identity. Having a sense of humor is part of our communications and value system. It’s as if we have a framework for which we see the world that lets us find and enjoy the irony of life’s complications. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the words “irony” and “oy” both have an “o” and a “y”.

Estelle Getty: Golden Girl

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Estelle Getty

Do I admire her because she's been described as "... evasive about her height, acknowledging only that she was under 5 feet and under 100 pounds?" Well, all the more points to Estelle Getty for being an itsy-bitsy powerhouse, but mostly I admire her for being a genuinely funny, talented woman, who never gave up on her greatest ambitions. In an industry where youth and beauty are often valued far above maturity and wit, Estelle turned the tables. She found success in her later years, cracked wise about it the whole time, and taught young women like myself a few things along the way.

Joan Rivers: a woman filled with hate or humanity?

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Joan Rivers, Close Up

Joan Rivers: a woman of chutzpadik and chilarity. We either love her, or hate her. She’s either the talk of the town, or fades into red carpet oblivion . . . only to be resurrected again.

Sophie Tucker: “You’re Gonna Miss Me, Honey”

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Sophie Tucker

One hundred and one years ago today, Sophie Tucker sang those words from “Some of

Jackie Hoffman sits down with Judy Gold at the 92 Street Y

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Jackie Hoffman is one of my favorite Jewish comedians.

Live from Youtube, it's Gilda Radner!

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Twenty two years ago today, Gilda Radner's life was cut short by ovarian cancer.

What's your beef with Sarah Silverman?

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Sarah Silverman appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien last Friday and shared an important message about vaginal health with the women of America, among other things.

Don't Settle: 5 Life Lessons From Your Red Hot Mama

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Leah at New Rep Theatre

I have always loved Sophie Tucker, but after seeing the New Rep Theatre's production of Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas with our new JWA intern, Gwen, I see her in a new light. What struck me about the show was that it condensed Sophie's wisdom into five important life lessons -- ones that I found particularly relevant to my life as a single woman today.

Joan Rivers: "Rediscovered at 76"

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There is a lovely piece about Joan Rivers in New York Magazine to mark the premiere of her biographical documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. Jonathan Van Meter notes that Joan Rivers has been "rediscovered at age 76," despite the fact that she has been in our hearts and minds all along.

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