Saturday Night Live Totally Nails Their Bar Mitzvah Boy Impression

Specifically, the great Vanessa Bayer nails it. Did she go to all the same bar mitzvahs that I did? … [Read more...]

Conan O’Brien’s Hanukkah Offering: The R2D2 Dreidel

Last year, Conan O'Brien icked the hell out of me by creating a Human Centipede menorah. The menorah is back again this year (tonight's the sixth night, for those of you keeping track at home), but thankfully there's a second much-less-icky accessory to go along with it: the R2D2 dreidel. Here's the spinner making its debut:  … [Read more...]

Coming Soon to HBO: Benjamin Walker As a Hot Missionary

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HBO is known for making cutting-edge TV like Game of Thrones, but they haven't gotten into the religion realm since cancelling Big Love in 2010. Now, they've announced production on a new series called The Missionary, which is about (get this) a missionary. Benjamin Walker, star of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and husband of Mamie Gummer, will play the title role, "an American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin."There's … [Read more...]

‘Modern Family’ and ‘Happy Endings’ Hit the Bar Mitzvah Circuit Last Week

Not sure if it's a coincidence or not, but last week two of TV's best comedies - Modern Family and Happy Endings - both had storylines that revolved around bar mitzvahs, even though there was only one Jewish character on either of the shows.Happy Endings had a plot where Max (who is actually Jewish, as is his portrayer Adam Pally) started a gig as a "bar mitzvah hype man," getting the kids excited and ready to dance. His big move was when he spun like a human dreidel. He went into business … [Read more...]

New from ‘Portlandia’: The Meditation Crush

I love the IFC show Portlandia, which has Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein mercilessly snarking on hipster culture. (And I live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, so I know of what I speak.) They just released this clip from the upcoming season three premiere, "Meditation Crush." It's all about how those groovy-vibe-having meditation classes sometimes allow your mind to wander just far enough to the hot person sitting across from you. … [Read more...]

Grey’s Anatomy Is Doing a ‘Revirginization’ Storyline

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Two things. One, Grey's Anatomy is somehow still on the air. Two, it is doing a storyline about a born-again virgin.The character April, played by Sarah Drew (note: I loathe the character of April, but Sarah Drew will forever be awesome because of her work on Daria, Everwood, and Mad Men, and, hey, girl's gotta work), began her stint on the show as a virgin and devout Christian, which set her in contrast to all the on-call-room-sex-having doctors in the place. However, in a moment of … [Read more...]

Chris Meloni Talks ‘True Blood’ and Cultural Catholicism

Christopher Meloni is one of the bravest actors working today - he's not afraid of getting naked, looking bad, or even peeing on camera. After a 12-year stint as conflicted Catholic cop Eliot Stabler on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, he just started a new role on True Blood, which loves to skewer religious iconography. He's interviewed in this week's New York magazine: [His character Roman has] stabbed a traitorous ally, chanted vampire liturgy in Aramaic, and shagged the ancient Salome, … [Read more...]


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