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The Michigan Daily Saturday, February 13, 1982
Oy, you should
laugh, so hard!
DESPITE SOME delays and interruptions, Slave
finally arrived on stage around 11:00 p.m. Thursday
night and gave the audience at the Second Chance exactly
what they had come to see: pure, perfect, and excellently
After a disappointing half-hour wait in the bitter cold,
people made their way into the Second Chance at 8:30
p.m. The crowd, which seemed to be composed of mostly
non-University students, became quite complacent after
entry and settled in for a few hours of dancing provided by
Pro-Soul, local disc jockeys, before the concert actually
Producer of the concert Les Harvey received an award
in honor of his services to the lack community from
Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, who were co-sponsors of the
concert along with WJLB.
rs out soul
Although people had a good time before the show, it was
obvious that Slave was what they were there for and the
audience got to see them at their very best.
The seven man band poured their souls outs while per-
forming such hits as "Watching You," "Slide," "Just a
Touch of Love," and their recent hit "Snapshot." The
group has extremely fine musicians, but particularly im-
pressive were Roger Parker on drums and Mark Adams
on bass. They held together the rhythm section that is so
important to the group's hard-hitting funk.
Security guards Curtis Antrum and Vincent Shaw had
expected a larger crowd following the incredible success
of B.B. King's two shows. But everyone who was there, in-
cluding Slave, seemed to be enjoying themselves in the
midst of a stone jam.
By Howard Witt
WTE HAVE TO think fast," Sy
Kleinman says of the Jewish
people. "Because we don't run fast."
In Kleinman's case, the humorous
explanation couldn't be more ap-
propriate. The former Harvard Law
Review editor/Columbia University
law professor/New York corporate at-
torney/Hebrew University board
comedian thinks faster than a speeding
But his diminutive size (he can't be
more than 5 feet tall) effectively keeps
him from running very quickly. "I'm so
short," the balding Kelinman says,
"that under my high school yearbook
picture they had to put a line that said
Funny? Oy, you should only laugh so
hard! Kleinman brought his warm,
wonderful wit to the overflowing Men-
delssohn Theater Thursday night in the
final performance of the Celebration of
Jewish Arts series.
Although the one-liners flew fast and
furious ("This country wouldn't be in
the state it is today if Eisenhower had
been alive while he was in office"),
Kleinman was at his best when spieling
anecdotes and stories about his
boyhood in a poor Jewish neighborhood
in the Bronx. .
"I had an uncle who used to say,
'When it comes to giving, I stop at
nothing.' There was a sign in his kit-
chen: 'Remember the poor. It doesn't
cost anything.' "
His 82-year-old grandfather's advice
on living a long life? "Every morning
just be sure to get up."And how can you
be sure to get up every morning? "The
night before, drink a lot of water."
But you really can't doKleinman's
skill justice on paper. So much of his
humor is presentational and dramatic,
the delivery relies so much on inflection
and timing, that you have to see him
actually perform before the belly
laughs start to roll.
Then too, there is the bittersweet
Jewish tradition underlying so many of
his stories and the frequent references
to Yiddish woven into his nonstop
monologue ("My grandmother told me
Winston Churchill was Jewish. She
heard him on the radio saying 'The
British Empire is ferfioong") -you
almost have to be Jewish to fully ap-
preciate this humor.
Almost. There's a lot here even the
ARE A GREAT
WAY TO GET
other boy pipes up: "That's nothing.
My rabbi can give a one-hour ser-
" The pilot lights up the little signs on
an El Al flight: "No smoking. Fasten
seatbelts. Take a piece fruit."
" The various components of the Yid-
dish language: "80 percent German, 20
percent Hebrew, 20 percent Greek, 20v
percent Spanish ... "
It's too bad Kleinman had to run back
to New York (but not very fast, of cour-
se). A little more humor we could all
goyim (Hebrew for non-Jews) can
* "A policeman who had been driving
behind an old man pulls him over and
says, 'Are you aware of the fact that
your wife fell out of the car five miles
back?' The old man shakes his head.
'Oy, I thought I was going deaf.'"
* Two young boys were arguing about
whose rabbi was the best. "My rabbi is
the greatest rabbi in the world," one
boy boasts. "He can give a one-hour
sermon on any topic in the world." The
'This country wouldn't
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T HE FRIARS have billed it as their
best concert. Ever. And they may
have some basis for that confident-if
not exactly humble-claim.
The locally popular 8-man singing
group admits that the pressures of
scores of performances have often
prevented them from making the
material in each succeeding concert
ew and interesting. But they claim
that tonight's concert in Rackham
Auditorium will be different.
According to Mike Huntress, the
business manager of the group and a
Friar himself, this evening's perfor-
mance should be outstanding because it
will contain many new songs and
routines. "This show promises laughter
because it includes a lot of bright new
gags that will be hilarious," he said.
Derryle Daniel, a sophomore in the
School of Music, agreed. "This
material will really show us off," he
The members of the Friars are
chosen each year from the membership
of the University's Men's Glee Club.
According to Daniel, the unique vocal
characteristics of this years' Friars
should also contribute to this evening's
concert. "We blend really well."
The group, now in its 26th year,
frequently performs in locations
throughout Michigan and the nation.
The Friars are scheduled to go to
Hawaii over spring break, where they
will perform for University alumni,
high schools, and sororities at the
University of Hawaii. They also sing for
radio broadcasts on Saturdays during
the football season.
Often, the group's travels to perfor-
mances lead to unusual experiences,
said Joe Wein, another member of the
group. Stranded on a farm in Indiana
last month because of a winter storm,
the Friars had a chance to learn about
farm life, he said.
"I'm a city guy, so it was news to me
that a piglet won't squeal if held by its
hind legs," Wein joked.
Also performning in the 8 p.m. con-
cert will be the Hangovers, a singing
group from Cornell Univesity in Ithaca,
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