UNCONVENTIONAL SHTICK ON TOUR
What does Robert Tannenbaum like about “What I Like About Jew,” the comedy-songwriter series he founded with musician Sean Altman? “It presents a set of fun and ironic songs about modern Jewish culture and life,” Tannenbaum, a journalist-songwriter, told the Forward. The duo have been bringing their tongue-in-cheek series to audiences since Christmas Eve, 1999.
This year the duo is taking “What I Like About Jew” on the road, with stops in Philadelphia, New York and Cambridge, Mass. Cynthia Kaplan, an actress and author (“Why I’m Like This”) joins the creators in all three cities; Rene Risque of the pop group Rene Risque and the Art Lovers performs in New York; Rick Berlin of the Shelley Winters Project plays in Cambridge, and anti-folk singer Adam Brodsky is part of the Philadelphia lineup.
Among Tannenbaum and Altman’s many comic creations is the song “Hot Jewish Chicks.” It begins, “There’s Roxy looking Foxy in a mink/ There’s Becky Tishman giving me a wink/ Esther’s nose and teeth are false/ But dig those silicone matzoh balls/ Check out all the hot Jewish chicks.”
Doc Watson’s Pub, 216 South 11th St., Philadelphia; Sept. 25, doors open 8 p.m., show 8:30 p.m.; $10. (215-922-3247 or www.plainparade.org) Fez, 380 Lafayette St., New York; Sept. 26, doors open 9:30 p.m., show 10 p.m.; $12. (212-533-2680 or www.feznyc.com ) Club Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge, Mass.; Sept. 27, doors open 6:30 p.m., show 8 p.m.; $14. (617-492-7679 or www.clubpassim.org)