Oy! VH1 is 'So Jewtastic'
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        'VH1 All Access: So Jewtastic' Premieres December 19 At 9 PM*

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- In an age when Madonna demands to be
called "Esther," Jon Stewart is a sex symbol and seemingly everyone speaks a
little Yiddish, it's never been hipper to be a Jew. VH1's "All Access
Presents: So Jewtastic" celebrates everything you knew -- and lots of stuff
you didn't about being Jewish.
    Thanks to a mensch laden panel of pundits, "So Jewtastic" premiering
Monday, December 19 at 9 PM*, will answer questions like:  Why is it hip to be
a Jew? (the trendy rise of Kabbalah), Are Jews crunk? (the marriage of Jews
and hip hop) and what's the deal with Jewish stereotypes (money, sex and
sports)? Jackie Mason will give classic lessons in "Yiddish 101" and an
attempt will be made to figure out once and for all why Jews are so funny. So
put down that gefilte fish and pop open some Manischewitz, being Jewish has
never been "So Jewtastic!"
    A variety of music artists, TV and film stars, comedians, journalists and
other celebrities come together to dish on all things Jewish, including Brooke
Burke, Ben Lee, Evan Seinfeld, Scott Ian, Matisyahu, Darryl McDaniels, Jackie
Mason, Dr. Ruth, comedian Elon Gold, Dustin Diamond, Baby the rapper, LA
Time's Joel Stein, Warner Music Group's chairman and CEO Lyor Cohen, Ron
Jeremy, Rob Tannenbaum from the rock band What I Like About Jew, Atlantic
Records' president Julie Greenwald, Bill Adler and Heeb magazine's Josh
    The show will cover topics such as:
    -- Jewish Stereotypes: "So Jewtastic" does not tip toe around the
       lingering stereotypes surrounding the Jewish community and asks whether
       there's any truth to the tired old assumptions about the Jewish mother,
       neuroses and sex.
    -- It's Hip To Be A Jew:  Everywhere you look, on TV, in the movies and in
       music there's a homie of Moses.  From Madonna practicing Kabbalah to
       Seth from the OC to Orlando Bloom in Troy, it is now cool to be Jewish.
       Even non-Jews like Demi Moore and Britney are proudly wearing red
       string bracelets.
    -- Yiddish 101: Class is in session as Jackie Mason explains the meaning
       of various Yiddish words.
    -- Oy? Yo!:  VH1 will remix both Jewish and hip hop culture as it
       examines the bizarre intersection of Jews and Hip Hop. Jews have always
       worked behind the scenes in hip-hop (Def Jam was Co-Founded by
       Rick Rubin and Lyor Cohen just to name a few) but now it seems like
       most Jewish kids are drawn to hip-hop more than ever. See the first
       ever Jewish/hip hop "Bling Off," as rap superstar, Baby, teaches a
       Jewish Bubbe (grandmother) the basics of blinging properly.
    -- From The Shtetl To Heavy Metal:  Jews have played a key role in
       Hard Rock/Heavy Metal (Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth and
       many more).  Is that the reason Jews are so loud...in music that is?
       Rockers Evan Seinfeld of Biohazard and Scott Ian of Anthrax provide
       their take on the heebs who head bang, Bar Mitzvah pics included.
    -- Jews In Comedy:  VH1 tickles your funny bone as we explore what's so
       funny about being Jewish. Even non-Jewish families on TV are Jewish
       (and played by Jewish actors), like the Costanzas on 'Seinfeld.' We
       send comedian Elon Gold to the famous Canter's deli in LA on a quest
       for answers to questions even some Jews can't answer with a segment
       titled: "Jew got questions, Jew got answers." What is a mohel? Why is
       there a hole in the middle of a bagel? Do you like gefilte fish enough
       to try it on TV?
    -- Jews In Sports:  From wrestler Goldberg to baseball star Shawn Green to
       Jay Fiedler of the NY Jets, Jews are getting down and dirty. And the
       very few of them are surprisingly good at it.

    For more information on this show, please log on to

    "All Access: So Jewtastic" is a production of VH1. Executive Produced by
Danielle Gelfand, Michael Hirschorn and Shelly Tatro.

    VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to
them most with series, live events, exclusive online content and public
affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in over 87 million households in the
U.S. VH1 also has an array if digital services including VH1 Classic, VH1
Soul, VH1 Uno and VH1 Country. Connect with VH1 at http://www.VH1.com.

    *All Times ET/PT

    Contacts:  Luis Defrank            Scott Acord
               212-846-7012            310-752-8075

Web Site: http://www.vh1.com