Don Rickles, insult comedian and actor, is dead at 90

NEW YORK — Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90. Rickles died Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on May 8. Bald and squat, Rickles… Read More

Mary Tyler Moore’s Jewish legacy An appreciation

There are plenty of paradigms in the history of humor for how Jews and non-Jews get along, or don’t. As persecutors and victims, as saviors and saved, as allies against a common oppressor. All these are fraught with the tensions between the powerful and the disempowered, which makes sense. Fear drives humor. But there is… Read More

‘You’re trippin’ like Birthright’ Q&A with ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ star and creator Rachel Bloom

A few years ago, Rachel Bloom was best known as the creator of laugh-out-loud YouTube videos like “You Can Touch My Boobies” and “Historically Accurate Disney Princess Song.” Now she is a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Award winner for her portrayal of Rebecca Bunch on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a musical comedy series she co-created with Aline… Read More