Best New Jewish Comedian?

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I put a question mark at the end of the title because there are so many fantastic young Jewish comedians out there and it’s tough to just pick one comedian. But the more I listen to Moshe Kasher, the more I think he best deserves the title.

I’ve talked about Kasher here before. But recently, he’s been getting a lot of good press, including a recent appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and a full length (and incredibly funny) interview with the A.V. Club. And the more I watch him, the more I can’t get enough of him.

And while there are plenty of Jewish comedians out there, more (and better) than anyone Kasher embraces his Judaism for his routine. He obviously finds Judaism funny and is very much willing to talk about it. And similar to Sarah Silverman, he is able to do real commentary on anti-Semitism and the absurdities of our religion.

Just watch this clip about why Bernie Madoff had to look so Jewish and his personal struggle with wanting to pick up quarters that he found on the ground. But he also doesn’t let Jews off the hook in their own racism. Just because he likes to call out non-Jews for their Jewish stereotypes, he realizes that Jews are just as bad when it comes to stereotypes (in this video’s case, Asians) of others.

Moshe Kasher is many things. But he is not for children or people offended by language. You’ve been warned.

Posted on April 29, 2010

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