The presence of a long beard does not make a man Jewish, but beards have nevertheless emerged as catalysts for late-night comedy equating the bearded brothers of “Duck Dynasty” with orthodox Jews.
For the second time in a little over a week, the parallel was made in a bit seen Thursday night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Last week, the same scenario was the subject of a bit seen on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
What’s behind this spate of spoofs? It’s the huge popularity of “Duck Dynasty” and the hirsute hairstyles of the male members of the Robertson clan. Their long beards have apparently drawn the attention of comedy writers at both the “Kimmel” and “Fallon” shows.
On “Kimmel” Thursday night, the catalyst was a new album of Christmas music released by the Robertsons that is apparently climbing the sales charts — “Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.” The album’s success — along with the aforementioned beards — inspired the Kimmel writers to come up with an album of Hanukkah music from the “Duck Dynasty” folks, with the centerpiece a parody of the traditional Hanukkah song called “I Have a Little Dreidel” (also known as “The Dreidel Song”).
In the previous bit — seen on the “Fallon” show — the jumping-off point was a remark made by guest Billy Crystal, in which he acknowledged the success of “Duck Dynasty” but noted that the show was strangely similar to a reality show he himself had once had.
He said it was called “Schmuck Dynasty” and he then introduced a “clip” in which he and Fallon were dressed as orthodox Jews sitting on a park bench and labeling people who passed by as “schmucks.” In its most basic form, the word, which happens to be Yiddish, means “penis,” but in popular usage, it is meant to label someone as stupid or oafish.
For the record, the Robertsons are not Jewish. They are devout Christians, as anyone who watches their show knows full well. In fact, far from celebrating Hanukkah, the Robertsons are preparing their very own special Christmas episode of “Duck Dynasty,” scheduled to air Wednesday, Dec. 11, on A&E.