Thursday, December 31, 2009

Profile: Sebastian Rozental

I probably should have held off this profile for World Cup Week. Not like we'll have any trouble finding five soccer-related Jews... Right?

Well, we can always go the Zinedine Zidane route again.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Profile: Spike Spiegel

The idea for Spike came from, who did us the honor of linking us a while back. Happy to return the favor.

Usually when we get these random anime character suggestions we let them gather dust, but I am a HUGE Cowboy Bebop fan. I can't recommend the show highly enough. I wasn't going to turn down the opportunity to write about one of my all time favorite fictional characters.

Remember, the last time I recommended something this highly, it was Mad Men. Clearly, I at least kinda know what I'm talking about. Right?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

JONJ Does Not Recommend: The Lost Symbol

I'm stupid. I read "The Lost Symbol". I don't know why... Yakov and I co-wrote the this earlier this year, talking about our joint disdain for Dan Brown's books, yet I read "The Lost Symbol". Why?

Not only is it a carbon copy of the previous two novels, it's a washed-out carbon copy. Rome and Paris are replaced by a much less interesting Washington DC. Pages upon pages are wasted on circular dialogue, as Brown beats a point to death, then revives it only to beat it again. The major mystery is obvious from the moment a character is introduced (I won't spoil it for those dumb enough to attempt to read this dreck), but for 400 pages I was screaming "____ is ____, dumbasses! How stupid do you have to be!" And Robert Langdon, who -- I'll admit it -- makes the first two books somewhat interesting by solving their various mysteries, here struts along, deciphering one stupid pyramid throughout the entire novel, and then gets the final answer delivered to him (and you, idiot reader) on a platter. Meh.

Honestly, I don't see how Brown got 500+ pages out of this story. It's about three times as long as it should have been. Maybe that's his real talent.

JONJ Rating: 1 / 5.

Profile: Jason Schwartzman

Yes, the email described in the profile is an actual one we received, from Andrea in Seattle. Schwartzman was also suggested by Nicole from Grand Rapids, MI.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Profile: Brittany Murphy

Brittany Murphy? (Barely) Jewish? How? Mother's mother, apparently. She was also married to a Jew, Simon Monjack, who might or might not have been involved in her death...

Big thanks to Harry from New York for alerting us.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Profile: Sherlock Holmes

What a great day today is! Not only is it our 700th profile, it's also the premiere of the highly-anticipated Sherlock Holmes movie!

What, goyim? Seriously, what?

Anyway, I'm trying to reduce my expectations for this one. Holmes as a womanizing action hero? We'll see.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Profile: Oscar the Grouch

Thanks to all-time suggestion champion La Jolla Moishe for the terrific lead. This is Moishe Oofnik, Oscar's cousin:

You will note that Oscar has another cousin, Roscoe, who lives in Poughkeepsie. Roscoe doesn't seem Jewish. But we're willing to bet that he is related to Oscar's father's (non-Jewish) side of the family, while Moishe is from the mother's (Jewish) side. Seriously, look at her:

Can she be anything but Jewish?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Profile: Brandon Dubinsky

So why didn't we profile the Jewish Steve Dubinsky instead? He's been out of the NHL for 6 years and had an average-at-best career before that. Besides, profiling Brandon gives us a chance to rag on the one sports team hated by 100% of the Jew or Not Jew staff.

Dubinsky was suggested by Michael from Maryland.

Happy Festivus to all!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Profile: Daniel Stern

For those of you trying to figure out what the heck is going on here, Stern was the voice of older Kevin on The Wonder Years.

For those of you trying to figure out what The Wonder Years was, well, some people are beyond help.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Jews in the News: Eli Roth plays Jew or Not Jew

Last week, writer/director/actor Eli Roth (deserves a profile at some point) faced off TMZ's Harvey Levin in their of version of Jew or Not Jew. Let's just say that neither is a match for JONJ staff...

Profile: Rachel Uchitel

So, apparently, she IS worth a profile. Here it is... One of our longest profiles ever, at that.

Rachel was suggested by Randy from LA, Brian from LA, and Jeff from Illinois.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Jews in the News: Tiger Woods' madam

We got quite a few requests to profile Rachel Uchitel, the woman in the center of the Tiger Woods scandal. Until recently, there was not much out there... Not anymore.

But the information is not exactly consistent. On one hand, she is a granddaughter of a Jewish immigrant and was bat mitzvahed herself. She was even married by a rabbi in a multi-denominational ceremony. But on the other hand, she supposedly claims it's her (now ex-)husband who is Jewish, while she is Presbyterian.

So which one is it? There's enough out there to assume she's Jewish alright, that last quote or not.

Now, the big question is... is she worth a JONJ profile?

Profile: Jay Fiedler

We've mentioned that Jay Fiedler is Jewish in at least three different profiles. But, as reader Jason from Rockville, MD points out, it's about time he's got one of his own.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Profile: Harry Shearer

With Shearer, Julie Kavner, and Hank Azaria, we have 3 of 6 Simpsons main cast. Add to that frequent guest stars Albert Brooks and Jon Lovitz...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jews in the News: Time Person of the Year

Who is it? Well, it's Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Huh? Say what? In this economy?

Well, he's Jewish, so... good?

Profile: Soupy Sales

Today's profile, of course, is based on a true story. This really happened and it really worked (mostly he got Monopoly money). Soupy returned the cash, apologized profusely, and life moved on. Still, good times...

Soupy was suggested by George from Maryland and Harry from NY. As a thank you, we have thrown a virtual pie in their virtual faces. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Profile: Ziggy

Coming up with who to profile is one of the harder parts of running this site. If it weren't for the suggestions of helpful readers, we probably would have run out of ideas a long time ago. When we hit a wall, one trick is to pick a category and try to figure out if there's anyone Jewish in there. Royalty, for example, was a very fruitful area to explore. Racehorses, was another (What can we say? We're odd. But you already knew that).

Ziggy comes from wondering if there were any funny pages Jews and, sure enough, we found one. Sort of.

The next goldmine for potential profiles? Breakfast cereal characters. Not to worry, I already have one in particular in mind.....

Monday, December 14, 2009

Profile: Omri Casspi

Omri is the first Israeli to play in the NBA. The first drafted was Doron Sheffer, who played college basketball at UConn but decided to play in Israel instead of the NBA. Considering he was drafted by the Clippers, that was probably the right choice.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Profile: Hanukkah Harry

Somehow, last year we wrote TWO Christmas profiles, but not one for Hanukkah... Yet who can we profile? Judah the Maccabee?

One of the two Hanukkah Harry sketches is now available on Hulu. (Hey, SNL! Please put the Jew Not a Jew sketch online... Please? Pretty please?)

Happy Hanukkah, lansmen!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Profile: Max Fischer

Wes Anderson movies, as rated by me:

Bottle Rocket:
3 / 5.

4½ / 5.

The Royal Tenenbaums:
5 / 5.

The Life Aquatic:
1½ / 5.

The Darjeeling Limited:
2½ / 5.

Fantastic Mr. Fox: TBD