Tuesday, January 18, 2011
This week, without any warning or context, Saturday Night Live included a skit lampooning an over-the-top bar mitzvah party, where the father, through family music industry connections, arranges to have some top performers show up and sing for Bar Mitzvah boy Jacob, who only wants a modest luncheon.
The spoofing of the event is anything but subtle. Pop music lyrics are modified to sound as Jewy as possible, throwing in references to Torah, haftorah, Bloomingdale's, Loehmann's, Moses, kosher, even the Mishnah (yes, probably the first reference to Mishnah on TV).
Over-the-top Bar Mitzvahs are nothing new, and there are plenty of jokes that focus on this phenomenon. Last year we ran a post about an over-the-top Bat Mitzvah where the parents hired performers from Cirque du Soleil to provide the background for the girl as she made her appearance in a duplicate of a costume worn by Britney Spears. That party was reported to cost a million dollars, a sum that could have provided four years of day school education for the celebrant and nine of her friends.
Here's the SNL skit. Enjoy!