Today’s post-show Meet & Greet was especially productive. And by productive, I mean a lot of people said some really inappropriate things to me. In the show, I play a Jewish guy who is dating a Gentile. Her Southern conservative parents don’t know we’re dating…or that we live together…or that I’m Jewish, and hence hilarity ensues.
So, of course, after the show as we were shaking hands in the lobby an old woman came up to me and whispered, “A friend of mine has a daughter who’s dating….a Jew!” Please note that the phrase “a Jew” was dripping with disgust, as if she was saying someone fed her a glass of Metamucil with poop in it!
I also got a few “Not bad for a Jew” comments which are becoming surprisingly – and unsettlingly – common. I responded to one old man, “I’m not sure how to take that,” and he just laughed and laughed.
Of course, I also get my fair share of Jewish people who come through the line and make it a point to let me know that they know I’m not Jewish. One lady, who sounded exactly like Mike Myers’s Linda Richman character, said to me in all of her New Yawk accent, “You don’t sound Jewish to me.”
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard that comment and I always find it intriguing since none of my Jewish friends sound like the stereotype I can only assume she was talking about (and sounded like herself) and the only people who tell me I don’t sound Jewish are people who tawk like this, as they tawk about cawfee and dawgs and dawtahs.
Finally, a woman came through the line and asked if I was Italian. I told her I wasn’t, and she got a look on her face like I just punched her in the spleen. I don’t know if she was offended, disappointed, or just surprised that her profiling-by-looks had failed her.
Either way, it was a blogworthy day.