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Pete Davidson Jokes About Being Jewish in Netflix Special That Is Funny and Vulgar

Pete Davidson at the Cleveland Cavaliers vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden in 2021. Photo: Michael Simon/Reuters.

Pete Davidson, who was underutilized on Saturday Night Live, is known for having dated Ariana Grande and Kim Kardashian and overcoming mental health issues. Surprisingly, he also has Jewish roots.

In his new Netflix special, he says of his mother: “She didn’t tell me I was Jewish till I was 25, and that’s because I found out,” adding that he took a 23andMe test and found out he was 50 percent Jewish.

His mom, who is Catholic, raised him Catholic. He says he asked if he was Jewish and she said “yeah,” disappointingly. While according to Jewish law, Judaism is determined by matrilineal descent, many people identify as Jewish if one parent is.

His father, Scott was killed during the 9/11 attacks, and he has spoken about that during other performances, including some I attended.

His current special, “Turbo Fonzarelli,” which takes the last name from Jewish actor Henry Winkler’s character Arthur Fonzarelli from the classic show Happy Days, is impressive and shows off Davidson’s timing, power, and conviction.

It’s good to see that he looks healthy, and I wish him nothing but the best. I laughed several times during the show. What was disappointing, however, is that the goalposts are changing for what is considered to have shock value. Davidson uses bathroom humor way too much, and I could have done without a joke about having sex with one’s mother, or a joke about dying children not wanting him as part of the “Make A Wish” foundation. He has one really inappropriate joke, after which, when the audience voices disapproval, he says he can make the joke because he was molested.

We sadly live in a world where many comedians think the goal is to be jarring rather than funny. It’s possible to do both without going as far as he does in this special.

There is no doubt that Davidson has had emotional trauma, and the fact that he has channeled his emotions into becoming a star comedian is laudable. In a world where many would like to deny they are Jewish, it’s meaningful that Davidson speaks of his lineage at all.

It is also possible that his comedic performances are therapeutic. About five years ago, when on a “Weekend Update” segment he spoke of how he publicly threatened suicide, I was unsure how to feel. It’s not funny, but at least he was talking about it. In a world where many people are not getting the mental health treatment they need, it’s unclear how some watching him would react and if they would be encouraged to get help or not.

In the special, he says rehab is like Cheers because everyone knows his name, and when his stalker was sentenced to a mental health facility, he was scared that he might bump into her. He says he made a “finsta” or fake Instagram account and was jealous to see she was stalking someone else.

At one point, he says he “never wins in life,” but in many ways he has. Davidson was excellent in The King Of Staten Island, the show Bupkis, and in his comedy specials. I understand that sex jokes are par for the course, but he can ease up on them a bit.

Davidson is extremely gifted, and I only wish he added 30 minutes of clean material. I don’t know what my father being murdered by terrorists would do to my psyche. Nor do I know what it would be like to date two of the most famous women in the world, and be followed by cameras. I also don’t know what it’s like to be filthy rich. But I do know when a comedian is funny, and Davidson is. I hope in his next special, he will show off his talent in a more versatile manner that could have the capacity to entertain more people.

The author is a writer based in New York.

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Washington Says It Will Not Back Expanded IDF Operations in Rafah

Displaced Palestinians, who fled their homes due to the war provoked by Hamas’s terror attacks, shelter in a tent camp, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, December 29, 2023. Photo: REUTERS/Shadi Tabatibi

i24 NewsMedics reported that Israeli airstrikes overnight in Gaza’s Rafah claimed the lives of 17 individuals on Saturday.

The attacks come as tensions escalate, with over a million Palestinians densely packed into the border city, awaiting a potential full-scale offensive amid widespread destruction across the enclave and limited avenues of escape.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced plans for military action, aiming to evacuate Rafah’s population and dismantle four Hamas battalions allegedly stationed in the area.

As IDF prepares for an intense ground operation in Rafah, its efforts to create safe corridors for Palestinian civilians are made more difficult by the fighting ongoing throughout Gaza. @mcauliffe_marym joins @Nicole_Zedek with the latest updates:

— i24NEWS English (@i24NEWS_EN) February 10, 2024

Unlike previous conflicts where civilians were urged to seek refuge in southern Gaza, the current situation presents a dilemma as there are no relatively unscathed areas left, leaving residents with nowhere to flee. Aid agencies have warned of the potential for a significant loss of civilian lives should an assault on Rafah occur.

Reports from Gaza City indicate intensified fighting on Saturday, with residents reporting clashes amid the ongoing hostilities.

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to Reuters, disclosed plans to coordinate the relocation of Rafah residents northward in anticipation of potential military action. However, Egypt has stated its refusal to permit mass displacement of Palestinians into its territory,.

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Numerous Weapons Discovered in UNRWA Premises in Gaza

View of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib / Flash90.

i24 NewsThe IDF revealed that it had discovered, in the areas of Shati and Tel al-Hawa in northern Gaza, twenty terrorist infrastructure sites including a tunnel entrance near an UNRWA school. The tunnel, an “important part of Hamas’ military intelligence services,” passed under the building which serves as the main headquarters of UNRWA in the Gaza Strip.

Large quantities of weapons were found in rooms of the building, including rifles, ammunition, grenades and explosives. Intelligence and documents discovered in the offices of UNRWA officials confirmed that these offices had also been used by Hamas terrorists, the military claims.

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Qatar Says Hamas ‘Promises’ Hostages Received Medicines, But Offers no proof

One of the digital billboards of Hamas hostages that were taken down in London. Photo: Provided

i24 NewsIn a recent development, Qatar has informed both Israel and France that Hamas has purportedly agreed to ensure that hostages receive the essential medicines delivered to them in the Gaza Strip.

Last month, Qatar facilitated the transfer of these crucial drugs to Gaza following a comprehensive list compiled with input from the hostages’ respective doctors. The medications in question are deemed “vital,” primarily aimed at addressing chronic illnesses among the hostages.

This development comes amidst ongoing efforts to address the welfare and medical needs of the hostages held in Gaza, with international stakeholders closely monitoring the situation for further updates.

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