|Serious Man interviews|
|Written by Chalupa|
|Tuesday, 17 November 2009 22:04|
Fred Melamed, aka Sy Ableman, is the man. It's that plain and simple. The more I read about this guy the more I'm liking him. Especially after Liz and I had the chance to chat with him a couple weeks ago. Here's an interview Fred did with http://TheJC.com. Here's my favorite question and answer.
JC: Is comedy something that comes naturally to you? And what do you think of the tradition of Jewish comedy?
FM: Comedy is entirely natural to me, as it is to all serious people, especially those who cannot comprehend why philistines of every stripe are given authority; merit and goodness are regarded with suspicion, (if not downright malevolence), and so many of the finest people are bald and overweight.
I don’t really know of the Jewish tradition of comedy, only the Jewish tradition of not keeping your mouth shut. Complaining about all that is hard, unfair or ridiculous in life--having strong feelings, and not being able to suppress them. That, to me, is Jewish.
Dorothy Parker, the great wit of the twenties was half-Jewish. She was asked by a benighted acquaintance, “What are Jews really like?” “Jews..”, she said, “...are just like everybody else. Only more so.”
That's just one of many amazing answers Fred gives. Please check out the whole interview here - http://www.thejc.com/arts/arts-interviews/21986/interview-a-serious-mans-fred-melamed
I also found some video interviews with Michael Stuhlberg who played Larry Gopnik. I hope you enjoy them as well. I found them here - http://blogs.indiewire.com/thompsononhollywood/2009/11/13/a_serious_mans_michael_stuhlbarg_talks_coens/