Sacha Baron Cohen to Star in New HBO Cartoon About Legendary Jewish Shtetl

'Chelm: The Smartest Place on Earth,' which Sacha Baron Cohen is also co-developing, will play on the classic Jewish folktales inspired by the infamous 'town of fools'

Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
Sam Sokol
Samuel Sokol is a freelance journalist based in Jerusalem. He was previously a correspondent at the Jerusalem Post and has reported for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Israel Broadcasting Authority and the Times of Israel. He is the author of Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews.
Sam Sokol

Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his 2006 faux documentary “Borat,” is set to star in a new cartoon special based on classic Jewish stories set in a legendary Polish shtetl, HBO Max announced Wednesday.

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