I just finished watching Ari Shaffir's comedy special entitled "Jew."
It was hilarious and informative but I'm just a goy* saying that.
The special is a little under a hour and a half long and it offers a hilarious take on Judaism and religion in general.
Check it out on YouTube at youtube.com/arishaffir!
The biggest takeaway is at 1:28:48.
Do your research.
Overall, I enjoyed not only the jokes that were written by Ari Shaffir, himself, but I'm also impressed by the time and creativity regarding set design by Lauren Helpern who was inspired by the Jerusalem tradition of Chanukah menorahs in glass fronted boxes which led to over 200 candles being lit and on displayed as a backdrop. While I watched at home with earphones, I didn't feel like I was misses out on the experience of a live performance due to director Eric Abrams' vision.
With Abrams' direction, those viewing at home experienced energetic closeups and widepans of the audience to rival front row seats. The cinematography captured the essence of being in the room.
To be honest, I didn't expect a comedian who is known to troll the hardest in the comedy world to shell out 45% of his lifesavings on his fourth comedy special about Judaism. Let alone have it be religiously fact-checked and funny as it was. I thought it would have more trolling humor but I'm pleasantly surprised to find that he not only wrote and performed good jokes but also showed respect to his former faith with humor.
"This is my love letter to the culture and religion that raised me. I worked on it harder than I've ever worked on anything." — Ari Shaffir, comedian.
If you do decide to watch it, please talk about it and share laughs with your friends and family. Ari Shaffir: Jew was made to bring people together.
Ari Shaffir is a New York-based comedian with a impressive career spanning at least two decades and four specials with Passive Aggressive, Paid Regular, Double Negative, Revenge for the Holocaust and now Ari Shaffir: Jew.
Let's have a laugh for free*! With Ari Shaffir: Jew at YouTube.
*** Donations are welcomed and accepted.
*** "goy" is Yiddish word for someone who is a non-jew.