Jews are funny. Don't think so, when you factor in our individual and communal mischigos? Could be, that's why we're funny.
At any rate, we're going to prove the point.
On the evening of Feb. 25 at our Irmas westside campus, some of the leading lights of comedy will join in a panel discussion of Jews and Comedy, an amusing (we hope) effort to examine the relationship between Jews and humor, where it comes from, how it has evolved over the years and -- maybe -- a sense of where it's going.
The participants include Peter Mehlman, a reporter, author and stand-up comedian who is best known for his work as writer and producer on "Seinfeld." In that role, he was a major contributor to the English language by introducing such important notions as "Yadda, yadda, yadda," "Shrinkage" and "Spongeworthy."
We're also joined by Lew Schneider, a television producer, writer, director, actor, comedian and two-time Emmy Award winner for his work on "Everybody Loves Raymond." Since then, he has written for a succession of TV shows, including American Dad!," "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and "Men of a Certain Age." These days, he is an executive producer and director on "The Goldbergs."
Our third panelist is Fielding Edlow, a a comedian, actress, and writer who stars with her husband, actor Larry Clarke, in a web-based comedy series they co-created, "Bitter Homes and Gardens," which casts them as a narcissistic Hollywood couple who relentlessly demean each other's careers and achievements. One thing they agree on is sending their daughter to school at Brawerman East.
The panel will be moderated by Michael Janofsky, whose wife, at least, thinks he's funny.