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Bookniks: Is Humour Good for the Jews?

Judy Batalion, Sol Bernstein, Adam Bloom, Jonny Geller, Penelope Solomon, Jason Solomons

01/03/2007 1:15 pm
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We brought you some of the hottest Jewish talent on the comedy circuit for what was an hour of laughs, discussion and kvetching. Jonny Geller asked whether humour is good for the Jews. We also had Canadian comic Judy Batalion, multi-talented Penelope Solomon, everybody’s favourite UK-born Borshtbelt entertainer, Sol Bernstein, and dazzling Adam Bloom. It was a night to remember.

Judy Batalion


Judy Batalion is the author of White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood and the Mess in Between and most recently The Light of Days: Women Fighters of the Jewish Resistance. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the ForwardVogue and many other publications. Judy has a BA in the history of science from Harvard, and a PhD in the history of art from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, and has worked as a museum curator and university lecturer. Born in Montreal, where she grew up speaking English, French, Hebrew and Yiddish, she now lives in New York with her husband and three children.

Sol Bernstein

Sol Bernstein is the comic creation of Steve Jameson, himself a top comedy performer. \"One part Alf Garnett, two parts Mel Brooks and three part like nothing else you have heard.\" - The Guardian

Adam Bloom

Adam Bloom was 18 months old when his parents nicknamed him The Voice, and when he was 10, he told them he was going to be a comedian. By the age of 23, he was named best stand-up in the Time Out awards in 1998 . He has appeared on various stand-up and panel shows on TV, and has recorded three series of his own Radio 4 show, The Problem with Adam Bloom.

Jonny Geller

Penelope Solomon

As a stand-up comic, Penelope Solomon was a Daily Telegraph Open Mic semi-finalist. She is a very successful television comedy writer and a yiddish cabaret singer. She will appear as Sandra Jaffa, the convert.

Jason Solomons


Jason Solomons is one of the UK’s best-known presenters and film critics. He hosts the popular Seen Any Good Films Lately? podcast, has his own music and culture show on Totally Wired Radio, and reviews films for LBC radio and BBC arts show Front Row. Jason is film correspondent for The New European and UK critic for TheWrap.com. On TV, he covers the BAFTAs and the Oscars for BBC News and is a regular commentator on Sky News and ITV’s GMB. Jason curates the Cinedrome at Green Man Festival and, following best-seller Woody Allen: Film by Film, is currently finishing his latest book, Movies: A Love Story