There’s either not enough Jews on TV in Britain these days, or the ones that are on TV just aren’t funny enough.
At the announcing of the nominations for the annual British Comedy Awards, Little Britain’s Matt Lucas is holding the fort as the only British Jewish nominee in any category. Along with his comedy partner David Walliams, he is shortlisted in the People’s Choice Award category as well as Best Stage Comedy.
Meanwhile, US import Curb Your Enthusiasm, starring Larry David, is up for Best International Comedy Show. The fifth series of the sardonic comedy, which features guest appearances from Dustin Hoffman and Sacha Baron Cohen, is currently being screened by More4, and has proven to be a cult hit amongst toffee-nosed Brits.
Elsewhere, Tamsin Greig can lay claim for having the most distant Jewish connection among the nominees. Despite being a happy clappy churchgoer, the Green Wing star – nominated for Best Comedy Actress – has a Jewish background, with her great-grandfather coming from Poland. Her other Jewish claim to fame is being mistaken for Scottish comedy Jewess Ronni Ancona.
The awards will be dished out to the lucky winners at a ceremony to be shown live on TV on December 13.
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