Hardy was a goy who pitched ‘insider’ jokes perfectly, says Naomi Wayne. Philip Clayton wonders why comedians’ deaths seem to touch us more than other famous people, Sarah Cemlyn remembers Hardy as laugh-out-loud funny, and challenging too, while Nancy Krois recalls his News Quiz appearances, L Johnston his Guardian dismissal, and George McLean a King Canute joke
Jeremy Hardy’s life (Obituary, 2 February) was lived by the Jewish principle of tikkun olam – repairing the world. High on his repair list were the occupied and refugee Palestinians who he supported in benefit after benefit, including doing gigs for Jewish anti-occupation groups.
By these last, he was viewed as an honorary Jew, one of the few goyim who could tell pitch-perfect “insider” Jewish jokes.