Roper Dope

Last night, Welcome to the Captain premiered on CBS. On the one hand, it has Jeffrey Tambor playing a former TV writer-turned building manager named Saul Fish, an accountant named "Marty" played by a goy named "Klein" and the main character is a struggling screenwriter named Josh Flum, so there are some tempting bits of possibly kosher chum floating in the water. On the other hand, it’s on CBS, sooooooooo…

What Jewdar finds interesting though, is that Saul wrote for Three’s Company and Tambor had a leading role in The Ropers as Jeffrey Brooke III, the snooty neighbor and realtor who tried to keep the Stanley and Helen from de-gentrifying the place.

Mere coincidence? Or could it be that, like Heeb Publisher Joshua Neuman, Captain scribe John Hamburg (who also penned the super-Jewy Safe Men) is a devotee of the love that dare not speak it’s name?*

*Just to be clear, we’re talking about the love of Norman Fell.

What do you think?

About The Author


The Tel Aviv-born, Milwaukee-bred Jewdar has a bachelors' from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters from NYU, and an Honorable Discharge from the US Army, where he spent two years as an infantryman in the 101st Airborne Division. He's the co-author of "The Big Book of Jewish Conspiracies", the Humor Editor of Heeb Magazine, and a watcher of TV. Smarter than most funny people, funnier than most smart people, he lives on the Lower East Side with his wife and two sons.

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