Whether or not you ended up seeing Seth Rogen’s The Interview in theaters after the whole “Sony versus the North Korean Hackers” debacle (which I will also now pretend is the name of an album by the Flaming Lips), you probably can’t say no to a little more of one of our favorite Jewish comedians, talking about…moyels?
It turns out that one of Rogen’s first gigs — at the age of fourteen, no less — was writing one-liners and stand up material for a lamborghini-driving ritual circumciser. Traditionally, moyels were expected to crack wise in order to ease the tension inherent in, well, slicing off a foreskin. This was, apparently, the practice of the moyel who hired a teenage Rogen to craft some… uh… cutting one liners, after seeing him perform his own routine at a comedy club in Vancouver. Rogen dished the whole story of his career in comedy circumcision during a live discussion with Andy Borowitz and The Interview co-writer Evan Goldberg (with whom Heeb spoke in ’12) at The New Yorker Festival last fall. Lucky for us, The New Yorker posted the interview, so we can all enjoy Borowitz botch the word “mohel” (“…a mole?”) and hear Rogen spew some of his old bris-centric gems (“he’ll be the only kid in his nursery to have been in a knife fight”).