SJ Super 7
by: Leslie Bunder and Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2004-05-25
Play poker with Caprice
The seven most amazing things you will discover in Jewish life and culture. This week: Jerry Lewis takes on the Jewish Chronicle, Andy Kaufman returns from the dead and Caprice plays poker online.
1. Jerry vs. the JC: veteran comic Jerry Lewis appeared to have lost his sense of humour during an interview with the Jewish Chronicle newspaper this week. Not only did he give monosyllabic answers to many of the questions but at one point, upon being asked about the impact his Jewish background had on his humour, walked out of the interview altogether. Clearly Jerry doesnât rate the JC as he also did an interview with Londonâs Jewish News, and managed to stay in the room for the duration.
2. Play with Caprice: Jewish supermodel Caprice Bourret is the face of online gambling site Paradise Poker (www.paradisepoker.com). The Californian model is a keen poker player, and will be taking on the top players in an online tournament on May 30th. SJ also hears rumours that she spins a mean dreidl.
3. Festive Season: Itâs Shavuot this week, which as well as celebrating the giving of the 10 commandments, offers the perfect excuse to eat cheesecake. For those who are lactose intolerant, SJ has spotted the dairy-free Jackie Mason cheesecake, which has gone on sale in London.
4. Dead or alive? Comedian Andy Kaufman, who allegedly died on May 16th 1984, may have returned from the dead, if a new weblog turns out to be his. The former Taxi star, who was portrayed by Jim Carrey in the film Man On The Moon, always said he would concoct his own death, and according to blog Andy Kaufman Returns, he may just have done that. Check it out at: http://andykaufmanreturns.blogspot.com/. Of course, itâs about 99 per cent certain that this is a hoax, but bet Andyâs laughing, and thatâs all that matters.
5. Happy Passover: The film SJ is most looking forward to right now is When Do We Eat?, a comedy in which one family has a Seder night to remember after the head of the household accidentally swallows some Ecstasy. The cast includes Israeli actress Mili Avital and veteran actor Jack Klugman, best known for playing TV pathologist Quincy. No word on when itâs out, but we canât wait.
6. Lighting up the screen: in other Jewish film news, Lord Of The Ringsâ Elijah Wood is set to star in the film version of one of SJâs favourite books, Jonathan Safran Foerâs Everything Is Illuminated. Wood will play the author himself, who heads for a remote Ukranian village in search of the woman who saved his grandfather from the Nazis during World War II. Itâll be on screens in 2005 â with filming due to begin next month in Prague.
7. Fit Squad: If you live in New York and you feel the need to jog off that excess Shavuot cheesecake, then why not pay a visit to the Kosher Gym in Coney Island? The gym â which has separate buildings for men and women, naturally â boasts all the usual fitness equipment and classes, and as an added bonus, members can listen to tapes of rabbis reading Talmud as they work out.