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A (kind of) kosher musical revue

December 13, 2007|Pauline O'Connor

ROB Tannenbaum has a theory: "Jews have Christmas envy. You don't see any big Hanukkah movies playing on TV year after year. There's no 'Light the Menorah, Charlie Brown,' no 'It's a Meshugeneh Life.' "

Well, the Chosen People may not have a "Peanuts" special aimed at them, but they do have "Good for the Jews," the tongue-in-cheek cabaret act Tannenbaum cooked up with musical partner David Fagin. Currently on a 13-city tour sponsored by Heeb magazine, the New York-based duo will appear at the Knitting Factory performing original compositions influenced equally by Mel Brooks and Joey Ramone such as "They Tried to Kill Us We Survived Let's Eat," and "Hot Jewish Chicks."

The 18-day tour affords Tannenbaum, whose day job is music editor for Blender, quite a different perspective of the stage from the one he usually enjoys, raising the question: Does the rock critic fear getting a taste of his own medicine? Hardly.

"Blender recently ran a piece on the worst lyricists of all time, with Sting as No. 1," Tannenbaum says. "And if Sting wants to come down to the Knitting Factory and tell me what's wrong with my lyrics, he's more than welcome -- I'll even put him on the guest list."

-- Pauline.Oconnor@latimes.com

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GOOD FOR THE JEWS

WHERE: The Knitting Factory, 7021 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

WHEN: 7 and 10 p.m. Friday

PRICE: $15

INFO: (323) 463-0204; www.knittingfactory.com

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