“Good for the Jews” is Pretty Good for DC

David Fagin and Rob Tennenbaum perform their Christmas song, "Reuben, the Hook-Nosed Reindeer" at the DCJCC / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

David Fagin and Rob Tennenbaum perform their Christmas song, "Reuben, the Hook-Nosed Reindeer" at the DCJCC / photo taken by Rachel Mauro

It was raunchy, it was funny, it was stupid. It was basically everything I would expect from a couple of “boychic” men whining about sexually frustrating bar mitzvahs and the inability to score with Jewish babes. 😛

You either loved or hated the humor of David Fagin and Rob Tennenbaum’s Good for the Jews–least that’s the impression I got from overhearing the audience’s mumblings during and after the show, which took place Monday night at the DCJCC. One thing you can definitely say about the boys was that they definitely didn’t shy away from their audience. The houselights were on and off repeatedly as they asked us questions, heckled those of us who were too un-amused or too Christian, and at one point, Tennenbaum climbed over a few rows of chairs in order to serenade an engaged woman with a song about why she wouldn’t go out with him.

The humor ran a little dark, but they promised us that they could go darker. 😛 It was quintessential American Jewish humor—“I only know four Hebrew words, and three of them are ‘shalom,’” these self-proclaimed “lite beer” Reform Jews quipped at one time. They also sang about JDate, trips to visit their parents at Boca Raton, and hating Jews for Jesus.

(My personal favorite song was their Passover-themed “They Tried to Kill Us, We Survived, Let’s Eat!”—with the audience, of course, joining in on that last part. 😛 Kudos, guys! I’ve been trying to convince my mother for years that that line is a legitimate way to describe the majority of our holidays, hee.)

Speaking of Passover, how is everybody doing on their seder plans? GesherCity, sponsored by the DCJCC, is organizing satellite meals for those of us unable to go home. Click here to sign up for night one and here to sign up for night two. More info on community seders will be forthcoming!

For more information on Good for the Jews, check out their MySpace page! (By and by, Fagin’s black tee with the “good for the Jews” pig on front, and Tennenbaum’s frilly, silk number that should’ve died in the ’70s seem to be a part of their ongoing schtick. Hee.)

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