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Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Old Jews Telling Jokes Getting a Spinoff Sitcom Web Series


The Old Jews Telling Jokes series has been a great success, with over 200 episodes and a book under their belt. The next step? I can exclusively report that they'll be producing a new web series, a "one-act sitcom" written by and starring some of the Old Jews that have Told Jokes for them already.

The show, tentatively titled Nag & Noodge, will be a short-form sitcom shot in front of a live studio audience. It's being written by married writing partners Fred Rubin (who tells the joke in the above video) and Marley Sims, who have experience writing for Night Court, Diff'rent Strokes and Home Improvement between them. Rubin also teaches television writing at UCLA.

Here's what the show will be about:

It's about an older couple, Nate and Edye, who move from New York to Los Angeles to be closer to their grandchildren. Except, soon after they arrive, the grandkids have to move away. Their mother (Nate and Edye's daughter-in-law) has to take a job in other state and move the family. So Nate and Edye are left in Los Angeles, trying to make sense of the place, and relying on the Internet to watch their grandkids grow up.

The plan is to do this on the cheap, with a similar production style to Old Jews Telling Jokes. Much like they do with that series, they'll shoot an entire season of 10 seven-minute episodes of Nag & Noodge in one day. They'll then put the show online, pushing it to the existing OJTJ audience.

"The main goal is to bring additional laughs to our audience, which is an Internet audience," creator Eric Spiegelman told me. "If we do well to that end, and someone wants to adapt this to traditional television, hey, great. But that's not our focus. We want to be funny on the Internet."

  • NickDouglas

    Congrats, Eric Spiegelman, a guy who has definitely met me and probably promised to read my screenplay even if he doesn't remember!

  • EricSusch

    I love "Old Jews telling Jokes." For me it's a prime example of high quality web video done simply and effectively.

    But for their new venture… shooting 70 finished minutes of scripted sit-com in one day? That doesn't sound even remotely possible. There must be some discrepancy there. A 7 minute episode seems long to me especially considering all but a handful of OJTJ episodes are less than two minutes. Maybe it's going to be a much shorter show.

    In any case, I'm looking forward to "Nag & Noodge." I'm sure it'll be well made and funny which is the most important thing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/becca_oneal Becca

    Ha! I've heard this joke… but it was about a Cuban spy during the missile crisis who swears he's a gringo.
    Good stuff.

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