by Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe
COMICS DRIVE TO A DINER….. AND DRINK “KAVE”*
*The Yiddish word for coffee is “kave.”
The Yiddish word for a coffee pot is “kavenik.”
I have something to admit. My blood type is Folgers. I love coffee…and I’ve been known to share these lines:
Caffeine is my shepherd; I shall not doze (In Yiddish, “dremlen” means to doze)
I’m so pleased to read in New York Magazine (July 9, 2012) that a new study says “that coffee-drinking helps you live longer.” You can spend the extra year waiting in line at Starbucks.
My favorite expression; “America runs on Dunkin.” As a stockholder in Dunkin’ Donuts, I’m glad to know that they have locations in nearly 60 countries; they can be found in XiAn, China and Plainview, New York.
So, I was delighted to learn that Jerry Seinfeld and Ricky Gervais are starring in a new online series, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” The concept of the show is quite simple: Seinfeld drives around in cool “alt” (old) cars with some friends he’s seen on “di televisye” (the television.)
They’ll drive to a coffee shop (John O’Groats in Los Angeles, City Island Diner in the Bronx.) The men talk/“kibbitz.”
Mike Hale of The New York Times says, “The real action consists of the snorting and cackling laughter (“gelekhter”) of middle-aged men so amused by each other.” They discuss boxers vs. briefs or tea (“tai”) vs. coffee (“kave”).
They rock in their seats and double over in helpless paroxysms. Larry Davis is so taken by Seinfeld’s use of the word “debauched” that he actually spits his tea into the “fentster” (window).
Seinfeld drives as if he’s determined to get stopped by a “politsyant” (cop), and his comic pal wonders about why he agreed to it in the first place. Ricky Gervias, who is in “der pasazhir” (the passenger) seat, considers the ride a death trap. Bracing himself against the dashboard that was too close for comfort, he lived through the drive to the coffee shop but not without much swearing and wailing about near death experiences.
Gervais does not have to tell Seinfeld, “Nu, yug zakh” (Come on, speed it up.) He already is speeding! And the roadster being driven does not include the kind of suspension system that softens the blows when pot holes and rough road surfaces come along. The jolts only add to Gervais’ “tsores” (misery).
Welcome back, Jerry. You’ve finally done another show about “gornisht”—nothing!
Marjorie’s favorite expression: “Be a coffee-drinking individual—espresso yourself.”