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You Don’t Mess with the Zohan

Movie Recommendation by Izzy Kalman (December 2008) Personally, I’m not a great fan of Adam Sandler movies, thought there are some exceptions, and this certainly is one of them. I laughed my head off practically the whole time. My family members were starting to get annoyed with me for rewinding so often (we saw it […]

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Idiocracy – Movie Recommendation

by Izzy Kalman (April 2007)Laughter is the best medicine, as Reader’s Digest has made everyone aware, and Idiocracy (2006; directed by Mike Judge) provides a powerful dose. Few movies have had me laughing as much as this one. Humor shows us how stupid people are, and Idiocracy fulfills this mission nicely. It is a “science […]

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Toastmasters and Humor

by Izzy Kalman (July 2005) I love Toastmasters. I wrote about it in a newsletter a couple of years ago. Few group activities improved my life the way my one year of participating in Toastmasters did. And it is practically free to attend. The central theme of the latest issue of Toastmaster magazine was humor. […]

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More on the Nature of Humor

by Izzy Kalman (July 2005) At my seminars I teach that humor is not positive; it is negative. It is a mirror of human faults. We laugh at people’s stupidity, clumsiness and misery. Compliments will not make people laugh – unless there is an insult embedded in it. Only insults have the potential of being […]

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Bamboozled – Movie Review

by Izzy Kalman (May 2003) I just saw “Bamboozled” (2001), a fascinating, powerful film by Spike Lee. The protagonist, Pierre Delacroix, is a Black TV writer who comes up with an idea for a hit show: satirizing the demeaning way the white entertainment establishment characterized Black people in the early years of movies and television. […]

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