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WATCH: Jacob The Bar Mitzvah Boy Returned To ‘SNL’ — And It Was Glorious

Can someone please give Vanessa Bayer her own movie or something? The “Saturday Night Live” star hit a home run this weekend when she brought back her character Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy, in all of his delightfully adolescent, awkward glory.

The 13-year-old was on hand to explain the story of Passover and, as always, had zero time for shenanigans or small talk with “Weekend Update” host Michael Che.

Bayer created the character of Jacob during her early days of standup, based on her own memories of attending bar mitzvahs.

“I felt like I had seen that boy so much, and it’s so fun to play that little awkward boy who likes to tell dad-style jokes,” she told Rolling Stone. “It’s so funny that a little boy that age has to be so formal for an entire weekend.”

Watch the full clip below:

Thea Glassman is an Associate Editor at the Forward. Reach her at




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