Timberlake, Coen Brothers Talk Jewish Humor


Using his preternatural smoothness, Justin Timberlake last week saved the Coen brothers from some serious awkwardness at a Cannes Film Festival news conference for their folk singer film, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

“Jewish humor, does it exist? If so, what does it consist of?” a reporter asked after suggesting that World War II and the Holocaust were perhaps responsible for the German people’s lack of humor. Timberlake, who plays a folk singer in the film, shot right back with, “I smell a trap.” Joel Coen chimed in, squashing the conversation for good.

“There’s nothing like the Holocaust to put the stake in a certain kind of humor,” he said.

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