Current Events, News

Famous people who died in 2011

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An annual TevyTown tradition (mostly because these posts bring me the most hits), we now bring to you a list of famous people who died in 2011. There were an insane amount of people who left us this year, and who knows – I may even have to update this list once more before the year ends (thanks Kim Jong-Il).

Nevertheless, here’s the list – which includes the name, age of death and a little ditty about who they were/what they’re most known for. The list begins with with the most recent passings:
When you see this * it means I put in my own little commentary.

And of course ‘famous’ is a subjective term. There are many well-known people who left us this year, and this list is my own subjective opinion who I wanted to include on this post. The ones left out are neither greater, nor lesser than those I’ve decided to include on this list.

Continue reading “Famous people who died in 2011”

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Classic Dalton McGuinty Fail: Telling a terminally ill cancer patient, “That’s Not True…”

Amidst the non-stop advertizing in lieu of this Thursday’s Ontario Provincial election, I was reminded of this classic Dalton McGuinty video of him giving the cold shoulder to a man telling him that he’s dying of cancer and that McGuinty isn’t doing anything to help. Continue reading “Classic Dalton McGuinty Fail: Telling a terminally ill cancer patient, “That’s Not True…””

Current Events, News, Politics, Sports, Toronto

My favourite Jack Layton & Wade Belak moments

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Over the past two weeks, two well-known Canadians passed away. One was a politician, the other a hockey player. And even though their professions were very much different (besides the aspect of immense competition involved), they both shared in common something more important – they were stand-up & exceptional human beings.

Continue reading “My favourite Jack Layton & Wade Belak moments”

Funny, News

SNL Bar Mitzvah Sketch: Only half-funny

Now don’t get me wrong, I love SNL. I watch it religiously… But this sketch kind of fulfilled the stereotypical joke about SNL sketches: They start off great, throw in a few a good laughs, but sour really quickly once the three-minute mark hits, and then it’s gone on too long and it’s all downhill from there.

As to what I mean when I say “half-funny” – the first two parodies with Taylor Swift and Jay-Z were pretty funny. Jay Pharoah nails every single impression they give him (if only the writers gave him a role that’s not an impression!). But after that, it gets ugly.

With the Katy Perry and Cee-Lo Green performances, the sketch begins to reek of trying way too hard to over-milk the sketch’s theme joke (in this case, Jewish jokes) to the very last drop. And while this is typically a trademark technique of SNL comedy, which at times produces some great laughs – e.g. The Secret Word, or anything that includes Stefon, it too often results in lame jokes that make you groan and wanna shake your head because you feel like they could’ve made the sketch so much funnier, but blew it big time.

And as for the whole idea of the sketch itself, I just thought the concept was unnecessary and overdone. To capture my inner Weekend Update anchor: Really, SNL? A sketch where Jews make fun of themselves? How original…

Try doing that at a mosque for an Islamic festival and see what kind of reaction you get… Now that’ll be entertainment! Not to mention it’ll remind people of that classic SNL “cutting edge, pushing the envelope” style of comedy we all grew to enjoy at a young age…

And it’s not like I’m offended by the sketch, because I wasn’t. That they were poking fun at a time-honoured Jewish tradition, which has been tarnished by corny dance parties (aka the old it’s more bar than mitzvah joke), it didn’t really bother me.

But from a comedic perspective, well… let’s put it this way: the moment I saw the Star of David from the backdrop of the synagogue at the beginning of the sketch, I knew this was headed for trouble…

I’m also kind of surprised they didn’t even use Andy Samberg for this sketch, in fact I’m impressed.

Perhaps this sketch would’ve been funnier had they included Kristen Wiig in it. She’s just too funny 🙂

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10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering

When I look back on 2010, dear G-d I hope I can find some kind of solace and strength from a year I honestly want to forget and move on from… But if I can’t, I can always look back on some of these ditties that came about via this blog. Here are some of my top/favourite posts from this past calendar year: Continue reading “10 Posts From 2010 Worth Remembering”

Current Events, News

Famous people who died in 2010

"What you talkin' about Willis?"

So I did something like this last year based on the observation that a lot of famous folk died this year, and that was really freaky (and therefore I just had to share my thoughts with everyone).

It ended being one my most viewed posts, aka a great source of blog views 🙂 And I really enjoyed making it

So I’m doing it again… and here’s hoping the hits keep coming (not that I like benefiting off the deaths of others… c’mon people… you know me better…

I’ll shut up now and here’s the list: Continue reading “Famous people who died in 2010”

Frum Judaism, Judaism, News, YouTube

Wig maker “Georgie” speaks out regarding People’s Court case; supporting Heidi and Mendy

A good friend of mine posted this video on my Facebook wall regarding the Frummies sue for damaged wig on The People’s Court story I posted last week. The video features “Georgie” -the wig maker who sold the wig to Heidi (the co-plaintiff in the case) – who gives her side of the side regarding this whole People’s Court case.

The video was originally posted on Dov Bear, a popular Jewish blog, while the actual interview was conducted by Rabbi Yair Hoffman of Vos Iz Neias, an Orthodox Jewish news website. Both sources are contained as links which can be viewed by clicking on the above site names.

Without summarizing every little detail, here’s what the video tells us in a nutshell (According to Dov Bear):

– A woman who identifies herself as Georgie, ie., Heidi’s wigmaker, confirms that Heidi brought her a ruined wig. She also says the ruined wig was, indeed, a custom $3000 wig that was originally created by Georgie.

– The woman also says she made a new wig for Heidi and this was the wig that Heidi wore to court.

Personally, I’ve got nothing left to say about “Sheitlegate”; my brain is still really fried from my birthday party two nights ago (or maybe it’s just stam fried… oh well, so much for making a kiddush hashem ;P )

Argue amongst yourselves, (preferably in the comment section) if you please…

Current Events, Loser List, media, News, USA

Shomer Negiah Fail: Tifatul Sembiring & Michelle Obama

First lady Michelle Obama shakes hands with Indonesian Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, as the Obamas arrived in Jakarta on Tuesday. Yes… that’s what I’m calling it. I obviously know he’s not Jewish and wouldn’t know a thing about the term, but to this observant Jew, what happened here is clear demonstration of Shomer Negiah failure.

Here’s what happened: On a trip to Indonesia, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle met with various foreign diplomats and representatives of said country. One of those individuals was Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring. Continue reading “Shomer Negiah Fail: Tifatul Sembiring & Michelle Obama”

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Stephen Harper will defend Israel ‘whatever the cost’

It’s been well documented how awesome is Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Whether its regarding his ability to lead a nation during economically tough times, to his willingness to lighten up the mood sometimes with a bit of character, the PM definitely brings the awesomeness to the forefront.

But no more is this relevant than in the strong and outspoken support and praise the Prime Minister displays for Jews and the State of Israel. Continue reading “Stephen Harper will defend Israel ‘whatever the cost’”

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Vancouver 2010 Olympics: Thoughts on the games before they become irrelevant

https://i2.wp.com/committedindians.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/2010_winter_olympics_logo1.pngIt seems only fitting that I miss the most important hockey game likely to be played in my lifetime.
Why? Because I don’t want to be an addicted sports junkie anymore.

Yeah that’s a pretty bold statement, but I’ll more on that in another post coming soon. But as a short preview, let’s say I’d like to calm the Vancouver 2010 Olympics my “bittersweet swan song” and my “farewell to being a sports addict”.

But this post is about the Olympics.

Continue reading “Vancouver 2010 Olympics: Thoughts on the games before they become irrelevant”