“Gleefully wacky and irreverent.”

–The New York Times

“Line by line, Mr. Rudnick may be the funniest writer for the stage in the United States today.”

–The New York Times

“Deeply funny musings and adventures elevate Paul Rudnick to the highest level of American comedy writing.”

–Steve Martin

“One of the funniest quip-meisters on the planet.”

–The New York Times

“Paul Rudnick is a champion of truth (and love and great wicked humor) whom we ignore at our peril.”

–David Sedaris

“Quips fall with the regularity of the autumn leaves.”

–Associated Press

November 22, 2013

Friday Thoughts

Which will be more upsetting: all of the babies who are going to be named Katniss, or all of the babies who are going to be named Smaug?

This year, Chanukah coincides with Thanksgiving. Which has started me thinking about the similar fashion choices of pilgrims and Orthodox Jews. And don’t the menfolk of Duck Dynasty look like Orthodox Jews who shop at L.L. Bean?

At a whimisical Judaica store in Florida, I saw a menorah hand-carved to resemble Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Then why not an Osmond family menorah, or the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

As a Jewish child, I preferred it when Chanukah arrived closer to Christmas, so I could feel properly martyred. Which has just made me wonder if there are Jewish martyrs. Which has almost made me write, “You mean, like my mother.” But then I heard my mother’s voice say, “That’s not funny.”