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Gene Weingarten: Your call is unimportant to us

Washington Post
 2021-01-07

There’s a bit from a comedy routine that I have loved since the first and only time I heard it, in 1981, from some stand-up comic whose name I never caught. I am paraphrasing, from memory: “I grew up in the Bronx in a neighborhood where just about everyone was Jewish. Most of my friends’ homes included at least one grandparent, and all grandparents spoke with Yiddish accents. So naturally, we all figured that when you got old, you developed a Yiddish accent. I assumed that one day I would tell my grandkids: ‘Ven I vas young, I vent to Voodstock. It vas so nice, the music. ...’ ” Cracked me up.

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