Frum Judaism, Funny, holidays, Judaism, YouTube

Purim: A Parade of Parody

We all know about Purim spiels, shticks, and other forms of fun and ridiculous spectacle that help contribute to the joyous atmosphere of holiday, and so it shouldn’t really be a coincidence that a large amount of parodic material is popping up all over the place online.

Combining the modern trends of over-publicity as well as the numerous ways of creating and getting out there pretty much whatever you want, along with the overbearing attitude of giddiness and mischief that captures the Jewish spirit during the Purim holiday season, several videos and other forms of parody have hit the airwaves in great levels at this time of year.

And on a side-note, another reason we see a lot more videos out there is because maybe… just maybe… observant Jews are finally realizing that we don’t always have to take everything we do so seriously. And that it’s okay to laugh and make fun of the some the absurd things we do. If this is the case, then all the reason more to love Purim.

While there are several videos out there, I’m only gonna focus on a few videos that have very recently gone viral. Except for this one. You already know whyContinue reading “Purim: A Parade of Parody”

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Maccabeats new Purim Song video: The Lame Remains the Same

Back in December, I talked about the Maccabeats, the Yeshiva University  cappella group and their video “Candlelight,” which brought in over 4.7 million hits on You Tube. Although extremely catchy, I honestly can’t stand that song. Even worse, I couldn’t even go on Facebook anymore without being bombarded with the overkill of linking to the video. In the end however, I decided to take the high road and compliment the group for capitalizing on the weak taste of today’s society for the sake of their own popularity as well as in finding a way to publicize a better understanding of the holiday via song.

I concluded by saying that “I look forward to their next big hit about how “they tried to kill us, failed, so we feast” celebration.”

But after watching the group’s newest song and video entitled “Purim Song,” I would  like to take that back that previous statement… Because I never wanna look forward to something that lame ever again. Continue reading “Maccabeats new Purim Song video: The Lame Remains the Same”

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Two years later: Shua Finkelstein Z”L

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Shua Finkelstein
On this date two years ago, a young man named Shua Finkelstein, 20, from Lakewood, NJ  was found dead from an overdose of pain killers. Shua and I went to the same yeshiva in Israel in 2007. Although I’d spent the previous year there, I returned for six weeks and it was during that time I met Shua, who was in the middle of his year at the yeshiva.

 

Although I barely knew him and didn’t really get a chance to get to know him, when the news came to me that he had died, I felt like I had lost a member of the family.

And while I’m honestly ignorant in regards to what troubled Shua in life, I would like to share something he wrote shortly before he died. He wanted it to be shared with the public, and so I hope I can honour his memory by fulfilling this wish. Continue reading “Two years later: Shua Finkelstein Z”L”

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Frum Satire inspires me

So I usually don’t toot the horn of any one particular site or cause (partially because I dislike advertising in general), but when something hits me, no… when it dropkicks me and gives me a jackknife power-bomb and still shakes my hand after the fight, I take notice… and thus feel compelled to talk about it/publicize it here.

One of my favourite blogs – Frum Satire was absolutely on fire this past week, dishing out quality posts one after the other like the cholent pot had caught fire! (the blogger- Heshy Fried, actually works as a chef… so maybe there’s a greater connection between the kitchen and the computer screen then we even know…) Continue reading “Frum Satire inspires me”

Judaism, life, media, Opinion, YouTube

On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You”

Another ditty of a Jewish parody of a popular song is making its rounds of viral fame, and this time it’s Cee-Lo’s Green‘s “Forget You” (or should I say F**k You) becoming “Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew):

So at first I was just gonna make fun of video, I kinda liked it. But just kinda… Continue reading “On the fence: Bar’chu! (I’m A Jew) – Parody of Cee-Lo Green’s “Forget You””

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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 🙂

Awesome, Judaism, YouTube

The Definition of Awesome: Frummies Dancing on a Highway

This video reminds of the good ol’ days in Israel… except we danced inside our vehicles (the bus) and didn’t cause a scene managing to get on TV. And the weather was nice… When the snow hit Toronto yesterday morning, I took one look and groaned. Then I closed my eyes and remembered I was reading the Torah at shul that morning and eventually had to face the snow. I almost got into an accident within the normally 5 minute drive, then extended to 10+ minutes due to the whitewash outside. Definitely not an occasion to bust out the Rebbe Nachman mix…

Nonetheless, this video makes me laugh 🙂

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Loser List #16: Frummies sue for damaged wig on The People’s Court

It pains me to post this, because I’m torn between whether or not I should laugh at this or shake my head in utter disappointment at the ridiculousness of this absurdity. I’ll choose both:  Oy veh…

In a nutshell, it’s all a big understanding really – a result of two people from different ethnicities playing a crazy game of broken telephone. But I gotta to criticize both sides here. Continue reading “Loser List #16: Frummies sue for damaged wig on The People’s Court”

Hanukkah, holidays, Judaism, media, YouTube

Hanukkah: It’s all about the music

Music is appropriate for a ton of things, like having a good time (or getting through a bad time…) and holidays are no different in this matter. And while everyone knows the famous X-mas songs (whether they like them or not), for Hanukkah, one might think the chosen people certainly don’t have much to choose from when it comes to serenading one another amongst the holiday season. Sure everyone knows Maos Tzur and whatever tune they have for Haneiriot Hallalu, but after those two, the traditional options of song become much limited in genre (and in overall quality).

Continue reading “Hanukkah: It’s all about the music”

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The Definition of Awesome: AJWS Public Service Announcement

I’ve gotta say, this is a nice video. I have no particular reason why, but it just is.

AJWS is short for the American Jewish World Service.

Here’s the text contained in the video description:

This AJWS public service announcement, created by uber-producer/director/writer Judd Apatow, shows a funnier, edgier side of global justice and features some big-name stars: Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld, John Mayer, Susan Sarandon, Sir Patrick Stewart, Andy Samberg, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Helen Hunt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gilbert Gottfried, Brian Williams and Triumph the Insult Comedy Dog. The PSA premiered at AJWS’s 25th anniversary celebration on October 28, 2010.

The best line has to be Ben Stiller’s “JAWS Week” or pretty much anything muttered by Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog. (In fact, Robert Smigel – the man behind the puppet, is indeed Jewish).

Awesome.

‘Nuff said.