Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Here Come the Purim Music Videos - Starting in Sao Paolo, Brazil


It's that time of year again. Groggers are coming out of boxes in the basement and Megillah scrolls are being checked and prepared for use. 

Next Wednesday evening and Thursday morning the story of Esther will be read all over the world as we celebrate another Purim.

With only nine days to go, the Purim videos are starting to appear on YouTube. We'll be reviewing them as they come in and sharing the best with you.

We'll start with a video from the Yeshiva Guevoha in Sao Paolo, Brazil. This a cappella La Fiesta was produced by Grammy-nominated composer Shai Fishman, the creator of world acclaimed a cappella group The VocaPeople.

Enjoy!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "A Hebrew School Riddle"


We're still in sunny South Florida, where we're taking a working vacation. It's been sunny and 80+ degrees, and we're not complaining.

In addition to soaking up the sun and giving ten lectures on Jewish humor on Florida's East Coast, we're busy recording some new old jokes for the upcoming Mondays. 

Here's the setup for today's joke to start the week: Rabbi Goldberg decides to visit his shul's junior Hebrew class just before Rosh Hashanah and give them a brief demonstration of blowing the shofar. And then...

Enjoy! 

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places - Hava Nagila at a Family Party in Mumbai (Bombay), India


Globe Studios is one of the leading media content creation organizations in Mumbai, India. It has been an integral part of the audio and digital media industry in Mumbai for over 25 years.

The company is headed by Charles Siqueira Vaz, an accomplished music producer & audio director, who worked closely with renowned artists & banners in the music and film industry.

He recently hosted a party for family and friends in his home in Mumbai. Picking up a guitar, he led the group in singing and dancing. What song? Hava Nagila, of course!

Enjoy!

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Friday, February 16, 2018

A Wendy's Shabbat for Seniors in Palm Desert


A short documentary film, Wendy's Shabbat, has been drawing attention at Jewish film festivals around the USA.

It's about a group of Jewish senior citizens in Palm Desert, California who celebrate the weekly Shabbat at the local Wendy’s fast food restaurant with Hebrew blessings over burgers and fries.

The friends usher in the Sabbath by candlelight, with challah bread and grape juice (no wine at Wendy's) to complement their chicken nuggets and fries. Shabbat is typically observed at home with family, but here these seniors share in the celebration of their religion at Wendy’s. The Wendy’s staff, somewhat tickled and honored to be the site of such ritual, arrange the restaurant tables into a long row and prepare milkshakes for each attendee.

This is a story of rediscovering the joys of community again in older age, and in the longing for ritual, however unorthodox and non-kosher it may be. There are themes of love, of ritual and of community -- all within the context of an adorable scene at Wendy’s.

The film will be shown at nine Jewish film festivals in 2018.

Enjoy and Shabbat shalom.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Throwback Thursday Comedy Special: Sid Caesar in "The Fur Coat"


When Your Show of Shows was canceled in 1954, Sid Caesar started a new show called Caesar's Hour. The popular series of sketches called The Hickenloopers, about a bickering married couple, was recast as The Commuters, with Nanette Fabray playing Sid's wife as Imogene Coca had played in The Hickenloopers.

In this 1956 episode of The Commuters, "The Fur Coat," Nanette finds a real bargain in a beautiful beaver fur coat and can't resist buying it. Sid's reaction and the confrontation about money give us a hilarious 17 minute episode. Sid's sidekicks Carl Reiner and Howard Morris are also in the sketch.

Enjoy!

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#TBT    #Throwback Thursday

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Remembering Marty Allen, Standup Comedian and Half of Allen & Rossi


Marty Allen, the stand-up comedian and funny half of the Allen & Rossi duo, who died Monday in Las Vegas at the age of 95, worked with his first comedy partner, Mitch DeWood, as an opening act for such stars as Sarah Vaughan, Eydie Gormé, and Nat King Cole in the 1950s. 

When the duo split up, he achieved fame with his partner Steve Rossi as the comedy team of Allen and Rossi.

As  Marvin Glassman wrote last year in the Florida Jewish Journal,
Allen may be one of the oldest Jewish comedians still on stage to have performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show," a popular television variety show in the 1950s and 60s.
Allen and his late partner Steve Rossi became a comedy duo hit from the "Sullivan" appearances. Known as "Allen & Rossi," the duo appeared 44 times on "Ed Sullivan" and had 700 other television appearances in their heyday from 1957-68, before breaking up as a duo.
Allen was the pudgy, wild-haired short, affable Jewish man who would play funny characters while being asked questions by Rossi. Allen's quick wit made audiences laugh as Rossi would ask him questions after beginning the routines by saying "Hello Dere."
Born as Morton Alpern in Pittsburgh, he went into show business after serving in the U.S. Air Forces in World War II while stationed in Italy. Allen earned a Soldier's Medal for his bravery getting fellow soldiers out of a plane that was caught on fire while being refueled.
"I was shocked when I was in Italy to later learn about the Holocaust and care deeply about being Jewish and being a supporter of Israel. Growing up, our family celebrated all the Jewish holidays and I still celebrate the Jewish holidays," said Allen.
Today we're sharing a rare clip of Marty Allen performing a solo stand-up routine.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Comedy Showcase: Jerry Seinfeld on Donut Holes, Buffets, and TV Dinners


In January 2016 Jerry Seinfeld dropped in on The Late Night Show with Steven Colbert for a comedy set on America's weight problem.

In the 7-minute set, he expounds on the logic of selling donut holes vs. donut plugs, and the marketing strategy behind restaurant buffets and TV dinners.

Enjoy!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

A Joke to Start the Week - "Watching the Neighbors"


Its 80 degrees and sunny in South Florida where we're on our annual Jewish humor lecture tour. We hope the weather where you are is as pleasant as can be. Since today's another Monday, here's another new old joke that we recorded in our mobile studio.

Here's the setup: Sheldon sees his wife Marlene looking out of their bedroom window. "What are you staring at, Marlene?" he asks. And then...

Enjoy!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Israel at the Olympics: Alexei Bychenko Wins Second Place Skating to Hava Nagila


Israeli figure skater Alexei Bychenko captured second place in the men's figure skating competition at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea this week. 

The Ukrainian-born flag bearer for the Israeli team performed his routine to an instrumental version of Hava Nagila that started with Sh'ma Yisrael.

As Jenny Singer wrote in The Forward,
As the opening strains of “Hava Nagila” rang out, a nod to his Judaism and the country he now skates for, Bychenko exuded the confidence of a bar mitzvah party motivator, the exuberance of a schnapps-drunk uncle, and the technique of a world class figure skater. With a flawless series of triple lutzes, laybacks, and a perfectly executed quad jumps, Bychenko crushed his season’s best, attaining an 88.49. He ended the night in second place, just behind Japan and far ahead of Nathan Chen, the 18 year-old American champion.
Enjoy!

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