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The Last Laugh Directed by Ferne Pearlstein Opens March 3 at Lincoln Plaza Hey, heard the one about the mass extermination of Jews conducted by the Nazis in the 1930s and the 1940s? Sorry, no punchline here—just thought I'd open this review with the totally unfunny fact that underlies The Last Laugh, Ferne Pearlstein's documentary about the history and ethical implications of so-called "Holocaust humor." Because that's what all such humor comes back to, does it not? Making...
In years past, just as with film, Fall was the prestige season for television. This perhaps reached its peak in the mid-2000s, when ABC released Lost, featuring a pilot directed by J.J. Abrams, a killer cast, a beautiful locale, and an addicting premise. A decade later, though, and the biggest show on TV is HBO's Game of Thrones, which enjoys its 10-episode run typically in the spring through early summer, and for its final two...
The calendar might not yet say "June 21," but for all intents and purposes—i.e., the sudden, glorious onslaught of sun and heat—it is summer in Brooklyn. And what a time this is. Brooklyn abounds with cultural riches all the time, but it is even more fun to take advantage of them when you can, at times, be outdoors, and not freeze while you're at it. Even better? Taking advantage of those things when you have to...
Even if you haven’t personally experienced the aura of kindness that beams forth from Gondelman’s presence, you’ve probably read one of his hilarious tweets, or experienced his humor as one of the writers on John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. The world of comedy has lately faced down specters of abuse, but Gondelman is a reminder that good guys exist even in the darkest places, and his determination to shine in word and deed has...

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