LAST WEEKEND: THURSDAY NIGHT
It all started Thursday night, when a spontaneous Anna Broadway and I decided to meet on the Lower East Side for the Sweet comedy show, hosted by Seth Herzog every Thursday night at the SLIPPER ROOM on Orchard and Stanton at 8:30.
Seth’s name sounded familiar. I thought it was just because he is a member of the tribe. But as it turned out, I was actually in a show with him. (This is unusual because I am not often in shows.) Seth--a funny guy who doesn't seem to have a website--and I shared stage time at last year’s Purim show, coordinated by Daily Show writer Rob Kutner, at my Upper West Side synagogue. I guess it’s a small comedy world because present was comedian Jeff Kreisler, who was also in the Purim show with us, and who I now see everywhere. Also, every time I see him, he tells me about his non-Jewish girlfriend.* This time he didn’t; he told me about his non-Jewish fiancée. I assume it’s the same woman. So congrats to Kreisler, who’s now fleeing the area--I mean, appearing at Sundance--in the next few days or so (check his website for details).
Special cameo at the Slipper Room by Peter Dinklage, star of last year's critically acclaimed film The Station Agent, who was seen canoodling with a woman with short dark hair and wearing long dangly earrings.
Later that night, the comedy event dissolved into a Jewish Below 14th Street party, co-sponsored by JDub Records and featuring So-Called.
*I just don’t know why people feel the need to confess such things to me. A Jew eats a cheeseburger? Dates someone who's not Jewish? Sends email on Shabbat? They appear apologetically before me, confessing all. It’s like someone elected me President of the Jews. Which just to clarify, is not an office I am seeking.