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In Dialog: Jessica Bellamy – Griffin Theatre Firm



Have you ever booked your tickets to A is for Apple, and need to get within the bat mitzvah zone early? Are you eager to prime up your coffers of Jewish feminist comedy? Able to dip your toe into a brand new cultural pond you’ve by no means swum in earlier than? By no means worry—playwright Jessica Bellamy’s checklist of issues to see earlier than you ebook A is for Apple is right here! Beneath, Jessica takes us by way of some up to date works, and outdated favourites, that helped her develop and outline her private flavour of female-centric, uniquely Jewish comedy. So limber up your humorous bone, fireplace up Netflix, and dive on in.

1. Broad Metropolis 

From the primary episode, once we hear Abbi and Ilana put out a a Craiglist add titled, ‘We’re Simply 2 Jewesses Tryin’ to Make a Buck’, you’ll be hooked. Watching these greatest associates reclaim frizzy hair and digestive instabilities made me crow with pleasure, as did their feminist consciousness and love of rap music. (By no means have I screamed louder at a tv present than when Ilana known as herself ‘Nicki Minashkenazi!’) Let’s not neglect visitor appearances by Fran Drescher and Susie Essman.


2. Large Mouth

With characters just like the consistently broigos Mr Glouberman, and Jessi’s mum courting a Cantor from Shule, Jewish references on this present are extra than simply ornamental. For a present seemingly about puberty, Large Mouth can be majorly targeted on the non-public and cultural anxieties of Jewish folks. There’s references to grandparent guilt, a Bat Mitzvah scene, and a complete episode targeted across the Passover story


3. Loopy Ex-Girlfriend

Yet one more nice present targeted on anxiousness and insecurity—which you most likely realise by now's a typical theme. Jews bond over nerves and digestion like nothing else—and this present amps issues up a bit extra with large musical numbers about generational guilt, with a klezmer twang.

4. Tough Folks

In the event you haven’t seen Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner riff on how horrible everybody and the whole lot is, then you definitely’re lacking out. Julie and Billy’s characters completely encapsulate the disaffected millennial Jewish expertise—you hate how earnest different folks might be about their spiritual identification, however you additionally wouldn’t thoughts if somebody invited you to their cousin’s bar mitzvah once in a while. Billy additionally launched us to vox pops like ‘Whistle Blow That Jew‘—the kind of cringe comedy that you could solely make from inside the tradition.


5. Different wonderful ladies: This checklist may go on and on, however as a substitute I’ll cram some comedy icons into my ultimate level. Fran Drescher, who made Jewish identification seen, and a part of the family vernacular, within the 90s, in addition to the wonderful Sylvia- and Yetta-isms that we’ve all discovered ourselves uttering. A particular shout out additionally to Jewish comedians like Amy Schumer, Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman and Jenny Slate, who carry us into the tradition in an approachable and hilarious means.

I hope this checklist was a helpful introduction to—or reminder of—the hilarious Jewish comedy accessible for our consumption. Please be part of us at Griffin Theatre Firm to proceed that journey through a home-grown theatrical story, throughout the season of A is for Apple!

A is for Apple by Jessica Bellamy opens on Thursday 31 March and can present till Saturday 9 April on the SBW Stables Theatre. Guide now!



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