Synopses & Reviews
From Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson, the creators and stars of the national smash hit play Jewtopia
, comes a hilarious, over-the-top guide to Judaism unlike anything you've ever seen.
Just look at some of the things you'll read about:
Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People
- Top 10 Things That Jews Think About While in High Holiday Services (#8: Who did Allie Goldberg's nose?)
- A Guide to the Jewish Bachelor Party (questions to ask the stripper include "Have you considered putting two dollars from every lapdance into an interest-bearing savings account?")
- The Ultimate Neuroses Quiz (Find out just how neurotic you are.)
- Important Moments in Jewish History (1993: President Clinton says to Rabin and Arafat after signing a historic peace treaty, "Hey, let's celebrate! I've got a Jewish girl in my office I think you'll love!")
- How to Design a Room for Your Jewish Baby (complete with fireproof wallpaper and 24-hour on-guard Ninja)
- A Guide for the Traveling Jew (Sierra Leone: Why buy your diamonds from a Chasid when you could buy them at a fraction of the cost directly from an authentic warlord!)
could just be the funniest Jewish humor book of all time!
"In this companion to their successful off-Broadway show of the same name, authors Wolfson and Fogel have as much fun with their Jewish roots as is humanly possible, exploring and excoriating Jewish history, culture and stereotypes. The tone is light and farcical, the humor decidedly but cleverly lowbrow. Fair warning to the devout: to these authors, nothing is holy. An excerpt from Moses' progressively desperate (and profanity-laced) diary reads, 'Had to drink my own URINE today. Breath smells like pee. AND I'M STILL F___ING LOST.' Other topics of study are food (including petchah, one of the 'foods we're not so proud of'), a primer on conspiracy theories ('Did Jews stunt the growth of Gary Coleman so they could create Diff'rent Strokes?'), and a Jewish Guide to Life ('From Bar Mitzvahs to Bowels'). While the syncopated factual-to-offensive rhythm can wear thin, and familiar jokes abound ('Christmas Vs. Hanukah,' anyone?), copious illustrations, tables and unexpected side-notes (an eight-part 'Phone Conversations with Jewish Mothers' series) keep the material fresh, entertaining and downright shocking (a mock-up of Alan Greenspan in a Speedo and a large gold chain qualifies as all three). If you've ever pondered how exactly Noah spent his time aboard the ark ('Shuffleboard was available on deck 2') or what gefilte fish really is, you won't be disappointed. Just don't forget the final exam." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The creators of the Off-Broadway smash Jewtopia present a hilarious, fully illustrated guide to Judaism that's the ultimate book of Jewish humor.
About the Author
Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson live in New York City.