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  • David FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2017, file photo, Larry David attends the premiere of HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm” at the SVA Theatre in New York. David was criticized for joking about dating in concentration camps during the Holocaust during his “Saturday Night Live” monologue on Nov. 4, 2017. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

  • Combs FILE - In this June 19, 2017, file photo, Sean Combs, producer of the documentary film “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story,” poses for a portrait at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Combs announced on Nov. 4, 2017, that he was changing his nickname to Love or Brother Love. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

Tuesday, November 07, 2017 1:00 am

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David's SNL jokes draw ire

Associated Press

 Larry David is facing criticism from the Anti-Defamation League and others for joking about dating in concentration camps during his monologue while hosting “Saturday Night Live” over the weekend.

David, who is Jewish, noted that disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is at the center of the sexual harassment firestorm gripping Hollywood, is also Jewish before going into jokes about pickup lines in concentration camps, which were met with groans and awkward chuckles from the audience.

Social media was quick to criticize the HBO star. Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted that David “managed to be offensive, insensitive & unfunny all at same time. Quite a feat.”

Representatives for David didn't immediately return a request for comment Monday.

What's in a name?

Rapper and producer Sean Combs has changed his nickname once again.

In a video posted to Twitter Saturday, Combs said he was celebrating his birthday by changing his name to “Love, a.k.a. Brother Love.” Combs says he won't be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy or any of his other monikers.

Before announcing what he called “serious, serious news,” Combs explained that the name change was due to the fact that he has changed as a person and is not who he was before. He says he knows changing his name again is “risky” and may come off as “corny.”

He turned 48 on Saturday.

Happy couple

Comedian Patton Oswalt has married actress Meredith Salenger.

The 48-year-old Oswalt and Salenger, who's 47, shared photos of the Saturday ceremony and reception at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles on social media. 

The wedding comes more than a year-and-a-half after Oswalt's first wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara, died in her sleep at the age of 46.

Songwriter nods

Mariah Carey, the artist with the most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, is one of the nominees for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Carey, who co-wrote 17 of her 18 No. 1s, earns her first nomination for the prestigious prize. 

Pioneering rap group N.W.A. also earned its first nomination for the Songwriters Hall. Other performing nominees for the 2018 class include John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang, Tom Waits and Tom T. Hall.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Actor Barry Newman is 79. Singer Johnny Rivers is 75. Singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is 74. Actor Christopher Knight is 60. Actor Jeremy London is 45. Actor Jason London is 45. Actress Yunjin Kim is 44. Actor Adam DeVine is 34. Actor Lucas Neff is 32. Singer Lorde is 21.