Jews Making News: ‘Drake’, David

Jews Making News: ‘Drake’, David


Larry David will be telling a joke and taking part in upcoming fundraiser.
Larry David will be telling a joke and taking part in upcoming fundraiser.

It’s a Fundraiser and Larry David Will ‘Tell a Joke’

A slew of reputable comedians are coming together October 23 for National “Tell a Joke for Parkinson’s Day” for the Shaking with Laughter fundraiser.

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Larry David joins the event’s roundup of Seinfeld pedigree, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards, along with many others, to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. David and others will be offering “Calls from Comedians!” for which they will deliver a personalized joke to the highest bidder.

David recently premiered, “Clear History,” his first full-length film since 2005, on HBO. The film was written by David and his colleagues Alex Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Shaffer of the TV series, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Much like the series, “History” is an exercise in improve with an ensemble cast, including Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, and Jon Hamm.

The film follows a marketing executive whose life has gone to pieces after impulsively throwing away his shares in a soon-to-be profitable company.

Born Lawrence Gene David, the comedian is the son of Rose and Morty David, both of whom are Jewish. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in History, although it wasn’t long after graduation that he turned his sights to comedy. David briefly worked as a writer on Saturday Night Live, before creating “Seinfeld.”

Act of Charity: Drake Aiding Victim of Fire

Actor and rapper Drake joined fellow musician The Game (Jayceon Taylor), in an unforeseen act of charity, after an Ohio woman lost her family in a house fire. Each artist has pledged to donate $10,000 to the victim, Anna Angel, and her funeral costs. Angel’s five children and boyfriend were killed in the incident while she was at work.

Drake’s new album, “Nothing Was the Same,” was released Sept. 24 after being leaked online several days earlier. In honor of the release, the rapper took his clothing brand, OVO, on the road to offer “one day only” pop up shops in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto. Drake has also begun gearing up for a tour in October of 2013.

Birth name Aubrey Drake Graham, Drake was born to Sandi Sher and Dennis Graham in Toronto, Ontario. After his parents divorce, he was largely raised by his mother in a Jewish household. Drake attended Jewish day school and became a Bar Mitzvah. Drake’s career began when he was cast in the Canadian television show, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” as a teenager.

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