In Mel Brooks' 'History of the World Part II,' Jewish jokes reign from BCE to the Beatles

 

March 10, 2023

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Shown here (l-r): Nick Kroll, Wanda Sykes, Mel Brooks, Ike Barinholtz, and David Stassen at the Los Angeles premiere of History of the World Part II.

This article contains spoilers for "History of the World Part II".

(JTA) - In a scene that will soon stream on Hulu, a group of early Christian bishops gathers to set a promotion strategy for their newish religion - to "make the Bible an international blockbuster," as one puts it.

But the plot is unclear: "Who are the bad guys in this story?" asks one. He and his fellow clerics consider two options: the Jews and the Romans.

"Let's make them the Jews, for sure," says a bishop. "They run everything," says another.

And thus the First Council of Nicaea, a gathering in 325 C.E. that is consider...



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