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Paul Rudd: The Ultimate Bar/Bat Mitzvah DJ [VIDEO]

by Jay Firestone

August 3, 2010 | 4:06 pm

Move over Dead Sea Scrolls, there’s a new lost artifact that’s hit the Jewish world.

Video footage of Paul Rudd in his most critically acclaimed performance yet…as a bar/bat mitzvah DJ circa 1992.

The Forward’s Gabrielle Birkner (and her “Cousin Freya”), writes about her experience in choosing Rudd to emcee her 1992 bat mitzvah.

The soft-spoken aspiring actor whom my mom and I met on the hunt for bat mitzvah DJs — I took an immediate liking to Rudd — turned out to be the perfect choice for the event. Rudd, donning a yellow tuxedo jacket, a ruffled shirt, shorts and Doc Martens, ably and energetically led us through all of the bat mitzvah staples: Candle-lighting, Coke & Pepsi, Toasts, limbo, “Hands Up,” Challah-cutting and “YMCA.” And as the “Today”  show-themed bat mitzvah party came to a close, he invited my friends onto the dance floor to sing a moving rendition of “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Paul Rudd: Bat Mitzvah DJ from Jewish Forward on Vimeo.

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