Thursday, June 20, 2013
Remember Rick Moranis? The funny guy who made us laugh in Ghostbusters, Little Shop of Horrors, Spaceballs, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? He retired from the film industry in 1997 but now, 16 years later, he's back in a very different role -- singer and songwriter.
Yesterday's New York Times featured an article by Neil Genzlinger about Moranis' latest venture, a new CD titled My Mother's Brisket & Other Love Songs. The CD contains 13 comic songs that explore his Jewish heritage in ridiculous ways.
With this album, Moranis goes back to where he started. He says "When I first began writing jokes and sketches with various Jewish partners one of us would inevitably stop at some point and announce, "Too Jewish!" Too Jewish for the star, the show, the network, or the audience. The songs on this album are all in that category. I grew up hearing the Allan Sherman and the You Don't Have To Be Jewish albums in the 60s. Now I m in my 60s."
The album includes My Mother's Brisket, Pu-Pu-Pu, Parve, The Seven Days of Shiva, Kiss My Mezuzah, and Live Blogging the Himel Family Bris. If you link to the Times article, you'll be able to play the complete versions of My Mother's Brisket, Pu-Pu-Pu, and Belated Haftorah, a clip that we are also including below. It's a clever rendering of a soliloquy about his being called to recite a Haftarah many years after reaching the age of 13. He sings the song with a melody that approximates the cantillation with which the selection from the Prophets is read after the Torah reading in the synagogue.
Just below this video (it's really an audio, with a photo of the album cover) we're sharing Suddenly Seymour, Moranis' duet with Ellen Greene from Little Shop of Horrors, the film in which he played Seymour Krelborn, the shlemiel who gets in over his head with a man-eating plant.
Enjoy and share with your friends!
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO MAY NOT BE VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY ON SOME COMPUTERS AND TABLETS. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)
(A tip of the kippah to Yonina Rosenbluth for alerting us to this story.)