Music Duo WHAT I LIKE ABOUT JEW Return to the Stage!

What I Like About Jew's time at the top of the charts lasted about a week. Now they want it back.

In April, 2006, What I Like About Jew - the music duo of Sean Altman and Rob Tannenbaum - released their first album, Unorthodox (click here to listen & share), to widespread acclaim. They were hailed as "the Bart Simpsons of the Yeshiva" (Time Out New York), "giants of Jewish joke-pop" (New York Times), "sly and hilarious" (Village Voice), and "funny and smart" (Boston Globe). They were interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air With Terry Gross soon after they self-released their album, and with the support of NPR's predominantly Jewish-atheist audience, Unorthodox quickly shot up to #45 on the Amazon sales chart. They toured the country, played sold out concerts, and congratulated themselves for having injected wit and daring into the stale genre of Jewish-themed music.

Two months later, they were broken up. The small bit of success had gone to their small heads.

Altman and Tannenbaum broke up in a torrent of accusations and cuss words, formed competing bands - Jewmongous and Good For the Jews, respectively - vied for the same gigs, and bad-mouthed one another whenever possible, to friends, reporters, and their shrinks. Lawyers were retained.

The final What I Like About Jew show was in July, 2006, when they accepted an award as New York's "Best Emerging Jewish Artists." (In retrospect, an ironic honor.) In the subsequent eight years, they've become fathers (with different women, of course), gained weight, lost hair (well, Sean has lost hair - Rob's mane is gloriously intact), and buried the hatchet, primarily under the absurd expectation of a lucrative, sold-out hometown concert.

For one night only, What I Like About Jew will return to the stage to fulfill the dreams of literally dozens of fans.

Monday Dec 22nd at The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd St., New York, NY 10016
Doors 6pm for 7pm concert, $20 advance, $25 day of show
info: (212) 691-1900
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