Jews Making News: Seinfeld, Lipman

Jews Making News: Seinfeld, Lipman

Seinfeld Back on Top

Jerry Seinfeld laughing all the way to the bank.
Jerry Seinfeld laughing all the way to the bank.

Jerry Seinfeld is officially America’s number one comedian – financially speaking at least. For the third year in a row, Seinfeld topped Forbes’ list of the highest-earning comedians. His “Seinfeld” television days may be over, but repeats of the sitcom reportedly still rake in over $3 billion.

Television aside, Forbes’ ranking system depended upon whether or not a comic’s primary source of income came from event ticket sales – an area in which Seinfeld blew the competition out of the water. In 2013, Seinfeld made $27 million from a 70-date long tour, and that’s before factoring in the syndication cash.

For those who still miss seeing Seinfeld on their screens, the 59-year-old comedian recently premiered the second season of his web series titled, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” Seinfeld is joined by fellow entertainers for a drive in his 1950 Citreon and some humorous, often rambling conversation. Season two includes the likes of David Letterman and Don Rickles and can be viewed on Youtube, or “Comedians” has even been nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the “Short-format Nonfiction” category.

Seinfeld was born to Kálmán Seinfeld of Austrian Jewish descent and Betty Hesney, of Syrian Jewish descent. The family lived in Massapequa, New York during Seinfeld’s Elementary and High School years. When he was 16, Seinfeld went overseas to volunteer in Kibbutz Sa’ar in Israel. He graduated queens College, City University of New York with a degree in communications and theater.

Jewish Atlanta Comes to Bravo

Bravo is back in Atlanta, but this time it’s not about any “Real Housewives.” The upcoming reality series, “The New Atlanta” stars none other than local Jewish woman, Emily Lipman of Dunwoody. Lipman is featured as the owner and buyer of Raw Denim Boutique. This will mark the network’s fifth series set in the southern capital.

“New Atlanta” follows five “up-and-comers” in the city: Lipman, Alexandra Dilworth, Africa Miranda, Tribble Reese and Jevon “Vawn” Smith. Bravo dubs the show a “docu-series” about new names in fashion, music, event planning and business from a variety of backgrounds. Viewers can watch Lipman and her fellow young professionals clash Tuesdays this fall, premiering September 17 at 10 pm.


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