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David Mamet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. He is the author of Nextbook Press’ The Wicked Son: Anti-Semitism, Self Hatred and the Jews

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Just hold the pork and shellfish.

jennifer says:


(not the same Susan!)

I think the treif-eating Jews should thank the Chinese for being the ONLY PLACE OPEN that day!!!

But more and more Chinese restaurants are closed on Christmas.

Judith says:

We’ll eat our Chinese on Friday night with you.

Good one, Harvey Shore would be proud

is that hebrew or chinese up there?

im chinese, but i dont know whats the first chinese character up there

To the Chinese above, I guess the first character is ‘感’ (gan) and the whole term should be ‘感激不尽‘. ;o)

Larry Feldt says:

My staff is treating me to a Chinese lunch today so I guess it is true.

Reminds me of the last part of “A Christmas Story”.
פא רא רא רא ראה
רא רא רא ראה

SquareNinja says:

This is obviously fake, because that’s a crappy attempt at writing Chinese characters.

The Hebrew year is 5771 and the Chinese year is 4707. That must mean the Jews went without Chinese food for 1,064 years.

In fact, the Chinese calendar was invented just so that Borscht Belt comedians could tell this joke.

The word “putz” normally comes to mind with Mamet’s name, but I think he is spot on, just this once.

Daniella says:

Peking Raviolis & Won Tons remind me of my Grandmother’s Pirigen Etc. Won Ton soup a deliciocious chicken soup.

Sititing together at a round table reminds me of sitting around the fire, at Lag-Be-Omer- when I was a kid.

And Doing it every year has definately become Tradition.

Umm… it appears the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright can’t spell “Restauranteurs” without a spell-checker.

But he is pretty damn funny.

This is a joke folks. Can’t understand why it’s an opportunity to slam him. Enjoy your rice tonight;} -m

Will always be grateful for this ‘tradition’ that my Jewish girlfriend introduced me to. Enabled me to survive my first going-thru-a-divorce Christmas without the kids.

Joseph Singer says:

Err, you might like to check your spell check yourself since the word is restaurateur not restaraunteur. The wise person checks spellings before that wise person makes a fool out of themselves.

David Guttenberg says:

A chinese restaurant is the only place where pork is Kosher.

That’s some funny shit.

We had Japanese!

in reference to jennifer, there are chinese restaurants that are vegetarian.

oops I meant susan

yes 感激不尽

So nu, vy not vee invite dem to a nice Rosh Hashonnah Dinner mit Tzimmis, Flanken, and Oyskempteh Chicken mit Kasha Vannahs und let’s not fuhget – only vun frum Column A und two frum mit Column B – no high chair, only boosteh seat for the vittle vuns! No pork, scallops, or lobsteh, of course! Oy, such a deal!

Multicultural Maidele says:

These days, members of the tribe can select from a wider range of restaurants run by members of various non-Christian cultures. We had Thai food last night. Other years, Japanese, and in future years, perhaps we’ll have falafel and hummus at various Middle Eastern establishments.

Of course all the Jewish Delis are closed on Christmas! Go figure.

God bless America!

Michael says:

Half a crispy duck for me today.

Happy Nittel Nacht or Newton’s Birthday, everyone!

the comments are funnier than the joke.
last year, u had a utube of jews going to chinese
restaurants. i lost it. if u find it send it to me

the comments are funnier than the joke.

asherZ says:

From the Elana Kagan hearing for Supreme Court:

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the committee chairman, exercised the rarely used prerogative of rebutting Grassley, quoting conservative judges who have praised Barak.

Kagan’s Jewishness also took center stage later in the day. Graham, probing Kagan on threats to the United States, asked her if she was unnerved by the Christmas Day bomber.

“Where were you on Christmas Day?” Graham asked.

“Like all Jews,” Kagan responded, “I was probably at a Chinese restaurant.”

“I could almost see this one coming,” Leahy quipped.

Then Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) jumped in: “Those are the only restaurants that are open!”

Around here (Taipei) all the Chinese restaurants are open on Christmas. There is no indication they’ll be closed on Christmas in the future.

richie says:

nothing beat sitting in front of the TV, watching the Yule tree (burning but not consuming), and eating from plastic containers :kitchen sink soup, , unknown meat with unknown sauce,3 containers with “whatevers” and 17 fortune cookies.
don`t forget the Dr. Brown cream soda……..

MikeCG says:

BTW, there really is such an association!! Here’s the link:

And to prove it’s legitimate, they misspell “Favorit.”

look up Saturday Night Live’s “Christmastime for the Jews.”

Sha! The Islamo-terrorists will be on to this.
I might have to stay home and eat my wife’s cooking.

“Umm… it appears the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright can’t spell “Restauranteurs” without a spell-checker.”

Umm … first, the cartoon is fiction, in the voice of Chinese restaurateurs, not Mamet’s own. Second, he spelled it correctly. Third, you’re a moron.

Graham Lawson says:

I second that!

Harvey Milzer says:

Is the reason Jews have traditionally eated Chinese food on Sunday evenings is that most other restaurants were closed on Sundays in observance of the Christian Sabbath?

I know that at least one Mexican restaurant was open where I live (Corpus Christi, TX). As a Texas Jew, my only traditional Christmas food is tamales! (Maybe latkes if Christmas falls during Hanukkah.) I have eaten Chinese food on Christmas day, but not regularly.

I don’t get it. (There’s always one.)

Pam Farrington says:

I guess the biggest joke of all is that Jews (unless they are converted Jews) don’t celebrate Christmas at all! Now Hannukah is a different story.

Bill Morris says:

It’s almost June now. Isn’t this a bit dated? Or maybe you can pull it down now and dust it off next December.

Just sayin’

Paul says:

Is this supposed to be funny? It’s sophmoric, obvious and…well, not funny.

Now he thinks he’s a cartoonist in addition to editorial writer? David Mamet will be a footnote 50 years from now and nobody will be reading him, except as a curiousity. The New York critics breathlessly adore him, but he’s simply clever and mildly provocative…that’s about it.

lisa says:

This is the hackiest joke ever. Don’t agree with above poster–I think Mamet is brilliant, and I’d see any Mamet movie or play out there–but maybe the guy is losing it. In his recent interviews, he certainly sounds that way.

thnidu says:

Sorry you don’t like it, Lisa. This is a cute variation on a very old joke. Of course, if you’re not an urban Jew you might not get it. (Or in some cases even if you are. Your loss)

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Joshua says:

Yo pense que los Chinos y los Franceses eran goyim y que ningun israeli practicante de su emuna entraria en rebeldia en contra de su compañero ni haria amenazas (fueran cyberneticas o no). En todo caso, baruc HaShem por las comidas Chinas que son aptas.

Adam Meyer says:

If by “draws a cartoon” you mean copies a photograph he saw on Reddit

Mamet is always able to capture the American Zeitgeist. But why didn’t we see Alan Arkin who played Jewish real-estate boiler-room salesman George Aaronow ever eat Chinese? Only Al Pacino’s Ricky Roma. Maybe in the re release cut?

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This hits the nail on the head.

But, although I am Jewish, today of all days, I oddly have no yearning for the delightful comestibles. I usually refer to as “Jewish food” (sure beats my mother’s and grandmother’s cooking). Perhaps it is because we were salted out during a recent Mexican vacation?

Anyway, love the cartoon.

Steve D says:

This cartoon becomes particularly awesome when combined with this story:

Try blocking at BoingBoing for the (allegedly) real thing instead of this apparent fake. Then determine which came first: The sign or this “joke” from Mamet.

Paul Ansell says:

Oh wow, was that funny!! (Kind of sounds like a juvenile response, doesn’t it?) Well, that’s because it’s a juvenile cartoon. It’s not satiric, droll, illuminating or…funny. It’s a lame “joke” that was already well-worn when borscht-belt comics talked to Johnny Carson about during the desk set about what their families did on Christmas Day

David Mamet is not funny unless it’s limited to the argot of con men and drifters and even then he’s not funny; just glib and clever. Why Tablet chose to publish this yet again (I believe I saw it last year) is disappointing. I’m not in any way offended; it’s just lame.

I don’t think any news show should give out news based on their own personal beliefs. How do you feel about this?I’m having trouble finding international and national news merged into one show. I just want the traditional news where the anchor reads the introduction, he/she talks about it, a video is shown and she just moves onto the next story.

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