Earlier this week, Saul Austerlitz wrote about his recent author tour and five not-as-terrible-as-you-think movies. His blog posts are being featured this week on The Arty Semite courtesy of the Jewish Book Council and My Jewish Learning’s Author Blog series. For more information on the series, please visit:
The veteran French comedy filmmaker Francis Veber, whose “Le Dîner de cons” was recently remade in Hollywood as “Dinner for Schmucks,” is a master of spoofing painful social anxiety and feelings of exclusion. His new memoir from Les éditions Robert Laffont, “Let This be our Secret,” addresses how Veber’s Jewish roots influenced his comedic skills.
Last night “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” debuted the Forward’s now-famous Paul Rudd bat mitzvah video, of the “Dinner for Schmucks” star making a living as a DJ in the early 90s.
Before Paul Rudd broke into television and movies, the “Dinner for Schmucks” star emceed my bat mitzvah party, back in 1992.