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Old 02-07-2006, 11:41 PM
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is David Letterman Jewish?

some people believe Dave letterman is Jewish , and he pretends to be a regular middle American guy , because he is ashamed of his heritage. Is it true ? Letterman could be a Jewish name , but maybe not.
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Old 02-07-2006, 11:50 PM
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His mother Dorothy is or was a Presbyterian church secretary, so I doubt it.
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Old 02-07-2006, 11:53 PM
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Oh and he had his heart surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
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Old 02-07-2006, 11:55 PM
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On the other hand, it appears that Paul Shaffer is Jewish.
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:01 AM
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and he pretends to be a regular middle American guy , because he is ashamed of his heritage
Hmm. So you're saying that a Jew cannot be a "regular middle American" (whatever that is).
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:21 AM
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On the other hand, it appears that Paul Shaffer is Jewish.
Well he's got a shiny helmet.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:23 AM
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Hmm. So you're saying that a Jew cannot be a "regular middle American" (whatever that is).
If you're saying that you doubt such exists, aren't you saying that too?
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Old 02-08-2006, 05:04 AM
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some people believe Dave letterman is Jewish , and he pretends to be a regular middle American guy , because he is ashamed of his heritage.
I am hoping you didn't quite mean that as it sounds... I was unaware that being Jewish makes it impossible to be a "regular American guy". Jews seem pretty integrated into the larger society to me...

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His mother Dorothy is or was a Presbyterian church secretary, so I doubt it.
Nor does it entirely eliminate the possibility. Granted, if his father was Jewish and his mother not, the Jews wouldn't consider him Jewish, but the gentiles would and I'm sure this is how the confusion arises in at least some cases. There's also conversion later in life and a few other possibilities... but yeah, usually having a Presbyterian mother sort of eliminates the "Jew" label.

I think there are some folks convinced that every succesful entertainer is Jewish, whether there's evidence for or against that or not.
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Old 02-08-2006, 07:23 AM
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Ancestry of David Letterman.
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Old 02-08-2006, 07:30 AM
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Nope - I get nothing.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:35 AM
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no , I'm just saying that Dave never mentions his religion or ancestery, he may be "passing " for Jewish , which used to mean a person that was hiding his true heritage , as to try and fit in to American society , because of fear of anti semitism.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:37 AM
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Right. Because there's a real "glass ceiling" for Jews in American comedy.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:37 AM
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Wouldn't that make him passing for gentile?
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:42 AM
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Oh and he had his heart surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Does this really have anything to do with the question? If the best doctor is at a Catholic or a Presbyterian hospital, I have no problem going there over a Jewish hospital.
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Old 02-08-2006, 08:59 AM
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Not everyone whose name ends in -man, -berg, or -stein is Jewish. For example, baseball players David Eckstein, Morgan Ensberg, Lance Berkman, David Cone, and Walt Weiss are often thought to be Jewish but they aren't. But Shawn Green, Brad Ausmus, and Jason Marquis are Jewish.

Also, in my experience, Jewish people from the Midwest tend to look and sound like everyone else from the Midwest, and not like 80-year-old men named Ira raised in Brooklyn but born in Galicia speaking Yiddish.
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Old 02-08-2006, 09:06 AM
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The Keller, Shore, and Schwartz I knew in Milwaukee were all Catholics.
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:22 AM
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I was unaware that being Jewish makes it impossible to be a "regular American guy".
Well, being Jewish is certainly not typical or the norm for American guys, given that Jews constitute only about 2% of the US population. But of course Jews can be "regular American guys" if by "regular" you mean "culturally integrated with other Americans" or "similar in many respects to the American mainstream" or whatever.
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:30 AM
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Funny, he doesn't look Jewish.
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:39 AM
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And Paul Shaffer can't be a regular Middle American guy because he's. . . Canadian!!!!!
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:50 AM
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I found the following webpage by Googling on "David Letterman" and "Jewish":

http://experts.about.com/q/David-Let...etterman-1.htm
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:03 AM
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And Paul Shaffer can't be a regular Middle American guy because he's. . . Canadian!!!!!
Shaffer is a bald Canadian Jew, just like William Shatner.
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:35 AM
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JEWHOO used to be a great place to look people up, but they had some devastating problems with their server. The temp page is not even a shadow of it's former self.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:18 PM
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Shaffer is a bald Canadian Jew, just like William Shatner.

add short, rich and given to really bad acting. That said, Shaffer doesn't carry a Type II phaser.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:26 PM
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Not everyone whose name ends in -man, -berg, or -stein is Jewish.
Especially if they're from the Midwest, like Letterman is.
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I found the following webpage by Googling on "David Letterman" and "Jewish":

http://experts.about.com/q/David-Let...etterman-1.htm
Anybody else very amused by the ads for "straight teeth in six months" from Invisalign Braces on that page?
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:37 PM
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Right. Because there's a real "glass ceiling" for Jews in American comedy.
Best snappy response of the week!
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Old 02-08-2006, 10:55 PM
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Is there any reason to assume that he is Jewish, other than the fact that his name ends in "-man"?
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:25 PM
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Is there any reason to assume that he is Jewish, other than the fact that his name ends in "-man"?
He's named after King David.
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Old 02-08-2006, 11:40 PM
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Top Ten Jewish Things About Dave

10. He's in the media, for God's sake. (Please note the comma.)
9. He was named David.
8. His father was named Harry.
7. He's irreverent.
6. He's rich as hell.
5. He has a history of chomping large obnoxious cigars.
4. He has been known to display signs of self-hatred and neurosis.
3. He worked as a TV gag writer.
2. His show has originated from New York for 25 years.

And the Number One Jewish Thing About Dave...

1. Those glasses. Especially with that haircut.
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Old 02-09-2006, 12:10 AM
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I am hoping you didn't quite mean that as it sounds... I was unaware that being Jewish makes it impossible to be a "regular American guy". Jews seem pretty integrated into the larger society to me...
I take it you haven't seen many Hasidim about. ;j

Now, if Letterman is really a Hasidic Jew "passing" as a "regular American guy", he's doing an awfully good job of it.
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Old 02-09-2006, 03:40 AM
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Would a Jew hand out canned hams?

Just asking.
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Old 02-09-2006, 05:46 AM
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I take it you haven't seen many Hasidim about. ;j
Hasidim are not the majority of Jews, at least not the majority of them in the Midwest where I have lived all my life. With the exception of those who make a point of setting themselves apart, Jews are pretty indistinguishable from the general population in the Midwest. They tend to have the same accents, the same clothes, and in general they blend in to the point Christians sometimes forget they exist.
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Old 02-09-2006, 06:31 AM
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Would a Jew hand out canned hams?

Just asking.
Sure, the irony would be hillarious even if it would be an inside joke.
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Old 02-09-2006, 10:54 AM
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Wouldn't he be in the Hanukka song if he was Jewish?

Dave Letterman is half Jewish and so is Candice Bergen

(I just make that up, and I have no idea why Candice Bergen popped into my head.)
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Old 02-09-2006, 11:11 AM
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Letterman's long-time producer was Robert Morton (Morty). Morty's sister has worked for my wife for a long-time and I know her as well. She and Morty are Jewish. More importantly, she knows Letterman and that is something she would know about. Unfortunately, she isn't at work today and won't be back until Monday. I will ask her then.
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Old 02-09-2006, 12:10 PM
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This reminds me of teaching English in Qatar, when students asked me if Abraham Lincoln was Jewish because his name was Abraham & he had a beard. Or if another teacher was Jewish because his name was Dave and "he has face like a thief."

People were very disappointed to learn that The Three Stooges were Jews, what with them being big comedy hits and such.

I think Letterman would've made a thousand jokes about his Jewishness by now if that were true.
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Old 02-09-2006, 01:27 PM
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Not everyone whose name ends in -man, -berg, or -stein is Jewish. For example, baseball players David Eckstein, Morgan Ensberg, Lance Berkman, David Cone, and Walt Weiss are often thought to be Jewish but they aren't. But Shawn Green, Brad Ausmus, and Jason Marquis are Jewish.
Does this mean Morgan Freeman is not a Jew?
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Old 02-09-2006, 02:51 PM
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This cite says that he was raised in a "devout Presbyterian" home but has little religion today.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:25 AM
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Letterman

My maiden name is Letterman. My family tree has been followed back to the 1690s. We are not Jewish, nor have ever been (not that I'd have a problem with that). We are of Catholic and Lutheran faiths. I am Catholic. Just setting the record straight.
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Old 08-22-2011, 10:39 AM
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The first wise-ass response I thought of.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:34 AM
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Does this mean Morgan Freeman is not a Jew?
Pretty sure Adolf Eichmann wasn't Jewish either.

But that's not important. I want to know why Morty's sister hasn't come back to work yet.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:05 PM
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The Keller, Shore, and Schwartz I knew in Milwaukee were all Catholics.
I once knew a guy named Weinstein who was Baptist.
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Old 08-22-2011, 12:06 PM
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I know a family of Goldbergs who are Catholic.
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Old 08-22-2011, 01:45 PM
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Zombies can be Jewish, too. Are brains kosher?
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:13 PM
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I had assumed that this zombie was raised because of the recent death threat to David Letterman that referred to him as Jewish. Maybe thenightscribe felt the need to come in and set the record straight after reading that story.
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Old 08-22-2011, 02:18 PM
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I've seen an iceberg that was Jewish (there's some stupid joke with that).
Whoopee Goldberg changed her name when she moved to Hollywood for professional reasons.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:19 PM
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Just for the record, Jack Benny is a great example of a Jewish comedian whose image was pretty much "middle American everyman". If it's necessary to look for one.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:04 PM
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can anyone explain this:

during one show, in a section called "know your types of meat," one girl in the audience won a box of selected meat cuts (each piece wrapped in plastic.) but as the show went on and some people were getting recognized for whatever, david kept going back to the girl with the meat, fishing out a piece, and giving it to whoever.

if i was the girl on the second time he reached in, i would have pinned his hand on the box with a switchblade.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:08 PM
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can anyone explain this:

during one show, in a section called "know your types of meat," one girl in the audience won a box of selected meat cuts (each piece wrapped in plastic.) but as the show went on and some people were getting recognized for whatever, david kept going back to the girl with the meat, fishing out a piece, and giving it to whoever.

if i was the girl on the second time he reached in, i would have pinned his hand on the box with a switchblade.
Nope I can't explain why you would have done this.
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:12 PM
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proprietary reasons?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:13 PM
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add short, rich and given to really bad acting. That said, Shaffer doesn't carry a Type II phaser.
Type II is recessive.
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