The title of Elon Gold's stand-up comedy show pretty much says it all: Half Jewish, Half Very Jewish.
In his 90-minute act, Gold plays off Jewish stereotypes and even provides a screen with closed captioning for the "Hebrew-impaired." Gold, 39, says Gentiles can enjoy the show, too, but jokes that Jews should pay double because they'll laugh twice as hard.
Before developing comedy for the Chosen People, Gold starred in several short-lived sitcoms, including Fox's Stacked opposite Pamela Anderson. This summer, he served as a judge on ABC's The Next Big Thing, and earlier this week Gold appeared on Jay Leno's new talk show as a correspondent.
Gold, 39, called tbt* from his house in Los Angeles.
So, you are the Jewish Jerry Seinfeld. I thought Jerry Seinfeld was the Jewish Jerry Seinfeld.
He's like the quintessential Jewish comedian, but the truth is, he doesn't really talk about it in his act. ... Jerry, who's obviously the best in the business, really does observations about life, and his Jewish identity is there. But because he doesn't talk about it, though, and I do so much especially in this show, calling myself the Jewish Jerry Seinfeld seems to make people laugh.
Do people ever come up to you after the show and say, "That was funny, but you crossed the line when you talked about X?"
Of course. ... I try to keep the show clean, believe it or not, because in my regular stand-up show, a curse will fly out here or there. I'm not filthy, but I'll let one rip. I'll drop an F-bomb here or there. But with this show, because Orthodox Jews will come and may be offended by it, or sometimes older people will come, and for some reason — I don't know, did they not curse in the 1920s? During that Depression, I guess they didn't go, "F---! We are broke!"
Are there any Jews in the public eye who embarrass you on behalf of your people?
What really, truly embarrasses me and makes me want to convert and get out of the Jew business is when the Bernie Madoffs of the world further fuel the anti-Semitic rants that, "Oh, the Jews control the money." All those negative stereotypes. By and large, the Jews are pretty ethical people. ... But for the record, Gov. Spitzer did not embarrass me. I was proud of that. ... Spitzer spent $5,000 for one night with that woman. Is that a cheap Jew? I don't think so.