YidLife Crisis In Manhattan

Jamie Elman, Gilbert Gottfried and Eli Batalion
Jamie Elman, Gilbert Gottfried and Eli Batalion

Judy Gold was a smash at the “Let There Be Laughter” benefit for the Museum of the Jewish People which is located at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. At the Dec. 17 event at the Mandarin Oriental in Manhattan, Judy marveled that black people can pick black people out of a crowd just like Jews can pick other Jews out of a crowd.

One thing irks her in 35 years of doing comedy. “Whenever I perform at an Orthodox affair, they insist I cover up my arms. COVER UP!”

Ricky Shechtel (left), event chair, with daughter Lexi

“Look at this!” she exclaimed, stretching her droopy arms out of her sleeveless dress. She struggled as she raised her upper arms in defiance of gravity that kept pulling her flabby skin down to the ground.

She paraded her bat wings across the stage, her arm fat twitching in the air, like she’s about to fly away.

“They want me to cover my arms! Why? Look at them. Might they arouse men’s sexual fantasies?”

Caroline Hirsch

Thanks to YidLife Crisis, the evening’s highlight, the jokes were so kosherdik that even your Orthodox bubbie would platz.

YidLife Crisis is a phenomenal comedy duo consisting of Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman, stars of a hilarious sitcom on youtube.com/yidlifecrisis. Their brilliantly funny documentary, “Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal,” will have its U.S. premiere on Jan. 19 at the Miami Beach JCC.

Other performers at the dinner included Greg Radin who said he’s not rich, not poor, only in the middle—waiting for his parents to die.

Danny Danon, Israeli Ambassador to UN

Also Eric Neumann who remarked, “As a Jew, I’ll show you how I chose the wrong profession. So far, my best financial year was my bar mitzvah year.”

Modi (not the president of India but the comedian from Queens) said he performed at the tail end of the Catskills. His room was so run down that he called the manager: “I got a leak in the sink.” The manager said, “Go ahead.”

Among the guests at the “Let There Be Laughter” gala were Danny Danon, Israeli Ambassador to the UN; Dani Dayan, Israeli Consul General; Alfred Moses, former U.S. Ambassador to Romania; Irina Nevzlin, board chair of Beit Hatfutsot; Ricky Shechtel, event chair; Gloria Golan, executive director of American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot; and Caroline Hirsch, owner of the comedy club Carolines on Broadway; and comedian Gilbert Gottlieb.

About the Author
Tim Boxer is a former New York Post columnist, and is longtime columnist for the New York Jewish Week. He is also editor of 15MinutesMagazine.com, is the author of Jewish Celebrity Hall of Fame, interviews of Hollywood stars about their Jewish roots.