Nimrod Kamer

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Kamer in 2008

Nimrod Kamer is a satirist and journalist living in London.

Life and career[edit]

Kamer's public career started in Israel in 2005, as the Sudoku tutor known as "Captain Sudoku".[1] In 2006, he started writing for the Hebrew-language financial newspaper Globes under editor Roy Arad.[citation needed] He then joined Arad and Joshua Simon to release Maayan, an arts magazine.[citation needed] In 2009, Kamer became social media manager of BIP, a comedy channel owned by Keshet Broadcasting. Under that channel he eventually created comedy shows Michael and I[2] and Jobless Nimrod.[3]

Moving to London in 2011, Kamer started publishing periodically in film and written form on BBC Newsnight,[4] Vice magazine,[5] The Guardian,[6] Wired magazine,[7] Huffington Post,[8] London Evening Standard,[9] and the The Daily Dot.[10] In 2012 he began appearing as himself on UK's Channel 4 show Random Acts alongside Heydon Prowse, as well as on Russia Today news. In September 2013 he presented a Guardian show titled #Thinkfluencer[11] in association with Arte Channel.

Notable spoofs, satires and journalism[edit]

Kamer has made several adversarial news films alongside satirical reporting.

In 2006 he visited Egypt and made a documentary titled Girls at the Cairo National Stadium, on female spectators at the Cairo International Stadium, during one of the matches of the Africa Cup of Nations. In the film he focused on the girls in the crowd, which caused the Daily News Egypt to write an article called "Filming Gone Too Far?", about the ethics of filming Egyptian lady fans without permission.[12]

In April 2012, he made a series of prank videos in which he extorted celebrities vis-á-vis vandalising their Wikipedia pages.[13][14][15] In May 2012, he posed as a rich man and made "indecent proposals" to celebrities such as Kelly Brook attending the Cannes Film Festival.[16] In April 2012, he appeared in the video series produced by Don't Panic, dressed in an old lord outfit whilst arriving at the House of Lords to claim various expanses (Lords are reimbursed for expenses). He "purchased" land in Scotland, a token amount for £29.99, which presumably made him a de facto lord.[17] In October 2012, Kamer created a fake Obama Kenya birth video to highlight the "Birthers" and Donald Trump's obsession with getting an old 8mm footage of the US President alleged African birth.[18][19]

During 2013 he created a fake TED Talk with Billie JD Porter to ridicule the TED apparatus and satirise individuals and companies who use Wikipedia for profit. It was embedded on Gawker.[20][21] In March 2013 he reported on the new "finger hashtag" in Wired magazine.[22] Also in 2013, Kamer filed a Russia Today report, where he asked West Bank Settlers about sweet real estate deals for Jews only.[23]

On June 2014, Nimrod Kamer joined Katharine Hamnett to perform a stunt outside Hackney Town Hall, aiming to make Hackney Mayor Jules Pipe ban all Monsanto round-up herbicides being used in the borough.[24]

In July 2014, Kamer travelled to Nassau to investigate a leak by Edward Snowden that suggested the NSA are listening to phone calls made in the Bahamas. He spoke with local ministers, parliament members and attended a local Freedom of Information rally.[25][26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gal Karniel (21 July 2005). "Moreover / Zen and the art of Sudoku". Haaretz. Israel. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Avi Schneebaum (1 December 2009). "Funny, in 140 characters or less". Haaretz. Israel. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Nimrod Kamer (February 2010). "Jobless Nimrod". Channel 2 (in Hebrew). Israel. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  4. ^ Nimrod Kamer and James Clayton (8 January 2014). "London Men's Fashion Week LCM". Newsnight. BBC. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Nimrod Kamer and William Pine (14 September 2012). "Nimrod Visits Downton Abbey". Vice. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Heydon Prowse and Nimrod Kamer (3 February 2014). "Benefits Street: the alternative. Welcome to Bonus Street". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Nimrod Kamer (6 March 2013). "Finger-Hashtags". Wired. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Nimrod Kamer (14 April 2013). "Twenty Twitter Etiquette Rules". Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Nimrod Kamer (14 March 2014). "The new Yoofemisms: stay down with the kids with some super-hot lingo". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 21 September 2014.  Pictures by William Pine and Zoë Jenkin
  10. ^ Nimrod Kamer (February 2014). "How to troll Twitter in ways you've never even imagined". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Emoji to get some long-awaited diversity with new range of skin tones". The Guardian. 4 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Farah El Alfy (27 February 2006). "Filming Gone Too Far?". The Daily News Egypt. Archived from the original on February 14, 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  13. ^ Fruzsina Eördögh (25 April 2012). "Israeli prankster Nimrod Kämer faces Wikipedia deletion for celebrity extortion". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Milo Yiannopoulos (20 April 2012). "Warring With Wikipedia". The Kernel. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Thomas Halleck (8 November 2013). "Wikipedia And Paid Edits: Companies Pay Top Dollar To Firms Willing To 'Fix' Their Entries". International Business Times. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  16. ^ "Indecent proposal". The Irish News. 28 May 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  17. ^ "Comedian Descends on House of Lords". Political Scrapbook. 19 April 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  18. ^ Drew Grant (31 October 2012). "Exclusive: The Making of the Very Fake ‘Obama’s Kenya Birth Video’". The New York Observer. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  19. ^ Ron Friedman (4 November 2012). "Israeli behind fake Obama birth video". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  20. ^ John Cook (13 June 2013). "Must-Watch TED Talk On Monetizing Wikipedia". Gawker. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  21. ^ Drew Grant (20 June 2013). "Exclusive: New Media’s Merry Prankster Takes on Sacred Techno-Calf with ‘TED(µ) Talk’". The New York Observer. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  22. ^ Drew Grant (6 March 2013). "Don’t Start Finger Hashtagging Quite Yet". The New York Observer. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  23. ^ Anissa Naouai (22 January 2013). "'Expansion a win-win welfare state for Israel': Nimrod Kamer on gonzo foray into Ei settlement". Russia Today. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  24. ^ Emma Bartholomew (2 June 2014). "Katharine Hamnett accuses Hackney Council of ignoring weedkiller petition". Hackney Gazette. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  25. ^ "‘US spies on whole world, so what?’ – Bahamas minister". Russia Today. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  26. ^ Ryan Devereaux (9 July 2014). "Bahamians React to NSA Surveillance". The Intercept. Retrieved 21 September 2014.