Posts Tagged: Jenny Slate Results 2
If you thought the virulent reaction toward her “Dog or Jewish Boyfriend?” New Yorker piece would scare Lena Dunham from commentating on the Jewish male id, you would be very very wrong.
In the most recent episode of “The Organist” podcast, comedian Jenny Slate reads Lena Dunham’s “Erotic Male Jewish Comedian Fan Fiction.” In these vignettes, Dunham has NSFW encounters with Larry David, Jon Stewart, Gary Shandling, Jerry Seinfeld and Mel Brooks — with the latter she imagines she would “hang out on his couch in a sports bra and sweats while he talks with Carl Reiner on how the matzah balls at Canters just aren’t what they used to be, but the cookies are OK.”
In the new romantic comedy “Obvious Child” Jenny Slate’s character, Donna, is a self-described “menorah on top of the [Christmas] tree that burns it down.” She’s referring to her prospects with a nice goyishe boy from Vermont, with whom she proceeds to have a wacky one night stand resulting in an unintended pregnancy. Indeed, Donna, recently dumped by her boyfriend (or “dumped up with” as she calls it), crashes and burns through her young life, cracking jokes along the way, until an unlikely event — an abortion, a moment of truth-telling about her abortion — signals that she’s taken charge in a new way. The menorah ends up back on top, or at least, it’s allowing the Christmas tree to comfort it. This is progress.