by Jim Nintzel
Some of the yiddish went above the head of this goy at Rabbi Sam Cohon's Too Jewish 10th Anniversary Radio Show at the Fox Theatre on Saturday, March 2, but the evening was a fun dip into Jewish culture topped by a riotous performance by veteran comic Robert Klein, who delivered a stirring rendition of his song-and-dance number celebrating the wonders of a colonoscopy.
For the most part, Cohon offered his typical lively shtick that mixed serious talk of politics with healthy helping of warm-hearted schmaltz. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild delivered the Top 10 Uses Of Matzah After Passover Is Over ("No. 1: Fill the Potholes on All the Streets in Tucson"), mavens on international affairs such as Guy Gelbert talked about the challenges and success that Jews experienced around the world and musical act Boreas tore through some alt-Yiddish rock. (Who knew?) The show charmingly captured the Deli Home Companion spirit with an old-timey applause sign, an announcer who only missed a few cues, some skits featuring shorts spiels on behalf the sponsors, yadda, yadda, yadda. After Klein finished his routine, including his classic riff about how we honor George Washington every year with a mattress sale, he took a few minutes to schmooze with Cohon, bringing back memories of those nights chatting on the ol' Carson show.
All in all, it was a fine 10th birthday party for Too Jewish. Mazel tov, Rabbi Cohon! Your bubbe must be so proud.