Gavin McInnes writes a must-read:
Short has no shortage of deaths in his own life. At the age of 20, he had lost his brother to a car accident, his mother to cancer, and his father to a stroke. Both Colbert and Short have enjoyed wildly successful careers that are characterized by a relentless work ethic. If they weren’t lampooning their own grief on TV shows such as SCTV (where Short played his deceased father) or Strangers With Candy (where Colbert played a teacher incapable of handling death), they were doing improv shows for free or starring in musicals nobody saw. They obviously don’t think it’s funny when your family dies, but it’s hard not to think these devastating events made them better comic actors. I’d even argue, it made them better people.
I left a tart comment.
However, I didn’t say everything I wanted to, because this IS Taki’s, right?
That is that one thing kills Gavin’s thesis (and he leaves it out):
I’m not saying, “Oh boy! All Jewish families are perfect and awesome and that’s why they’re kids tend to be so successful!”
(Although I am naive enough that when I went to a fundraiser for a shelter for battered women in Israel, I sort of wondered what they needed it for and figured it must be for A-rabs…)
However, Jewish families tend to be intact. Hell, they have to be just to organize all the bar mitzvahs and stuff that has to be done.
But Jewish families are different, in general. I bet they listen to country and western songs and think, “Sheesh. The goyim have such weird problems…”