Culturally Determined


Is It Funny for the Jews? (Aryeh Cohen-Wade & Jason Zinoman)

"Culturally Determined" is back! Aryeh speaks with New York Times comedy critic Jason Zinoman, author of the recent essay "Is It Funny for the Jews?". They discuss Jewish comedy in a time of rising anti-Semitism, whether Jewish characters should be played by Jewish actors, Dara Horn's recent book "People Love Dead Jews," "The Merchant of Venice," Philip Roth, how younger Jewish comedians understand their heritage, and more! 

Recorded February 21, 2022


Jason's NYT piece, "Is It Funny for the Jews?"

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