Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Why Is This Night Different Than All Other Nights?

"Because I said so!"

I have always wanted to write this dialogue into a short story scene where the grumpy Jewish father just snaps at his children as they read the four questions.

No one ever writes Passover funny stuff. I mean - except for Edward G. Robinson in The Ten Commandments. HILARIOUS! What were they thinking?? Sure, Eve Harrington Anne Baxter was perfect in the role of Nefretiri - but Edward G. Robinson and/or Vincent Price??? That Hollywood contract system left a lot to be desired when it came to accuracy, especially in period pieces

As Tom Green would say: "Let my people go-go!"

But as Jewish humour goes - not much beats the exchange in Hannah and Her Sisters:

Woody: "...I mean, why there were there Nazis?"
His Father: "How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don't know how the can opener works!"

I think I need to flesh out my work - but a Seder is the perfect setting for a funny story.


rebecca said...

Oooh that's good, can I steal it?

Actually the better Jewish father response is, "Because G-d said so, who are you to ask why! Go help your mother!"

Anonymous said...

Which one is hotter, the unleavened cowboy or the leathermatzoh? I'm thinking the cowboy....