Paul & Artie’s holiday latkes!

Oh so you’re back from your big rock ‘n’ roll party, huh? Do they feed you there? You look so thin have a little latke and say hello to your aunt Betty, she loves you so much you can’t be friendly for a moment?

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Joy to the World: ‘Lillyhammer’ returns for a 2nd season tomorrow! (Dec 13)


Great news for Netflix subscribers and a great reason for non-subscribers to take the plunge (which only sounds like a paid commercial message b/c I really mean it): Steve Van Zandt’s terrific comic-gangster Norway-based TV series “Lillyhammer” returns for a second season on Friday night. And you should check it out.

Funny, tense, a trifle sinister, excellent fun to watch, “Lillyhammer” plays like a Soprano-out-of-water comic-drama, with SVZ’s Silvio character living a sweet post-coma life in snowy Norway. Funny how no amount of sweet-natured socialism can keep shit from getting real, particularly when it comes to the criminal element in all of us. Very funny, in fact.

Here’s the trailer. Join Netflix and you can stream the first episode now.

Classic Letterman: At the McDonalds’ drive-thru: “The food’s always ready. Are YOU ready?”

From I think the first episode of the CBS/Late Show iteration of David Letterman’s show. . .back when he still had that anarchic spark in his eye. Only one of a thousand reasons why the guy’s one of the great innovators of modern American television.

Sin Will Find You Out, especially in New York City

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Always a fine thing to remember in Hell’s Kitchen, you know. Sin and, uh, arguably more sin, and just when you can feel the glow of redemption blowing off the Hudson it’s actually the subway scattering the rats and garbage underground. And while it’s quick and convenient and relatively clean, as these things go, you really do have to mind the closing doors because those things are programmed to slide quick and stealthy and ‘forgiving’ is not written into the code.getright

Dr. Zizmor, it’s been too long. So if I see you this week we’ll raise a cup of fruit acid peel and when that thunder rises from below we’ll see the world with new eyes and feel the electricity rippling our marrow. Just make sure you get right with God first, eh?

And that goes double for you, Dr. Z.




Pink is Jewish!: The top 30 Jewish musicians in the world, as per Billboard


Pink is Jewish! So is Paula Abdul! And so is Robert Zimmerman! Well, we knew that last one already, though Bobby prefers to be addressed by his WASP-yer Irish poet pseudonym.

Billboard just printed a numerical ranking of the pop music industry’s 30 most popular Jewish musicians. It’s an amazingly varied, if occasionally fanciful list.

Plenty to chew on in this week of miracles. Fire up the Shamash, spin Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and dig the festival of lights.