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Update: Campaign Sarah Silverman Be My BFF a Great Success!

We look like BFFs in this picture.

Update on the Sarah Silverman Be My BFF Campaign: It worked! That’s right; I will no longer just be Molly, but the Molly that met Sarah Silverman. The Molly that used her social media tools and connections to become a little bit of a stalker in her pursuit to meet someone really funny while in Israel.

How did it all happen.

Well, for background on my campaign you can read my first post. Basically after facebooking, tweeting, spreading the words among friends and random strangers at bus stops or waiting in long bathroom lines, I managed to find someone that knows her sister, Susan Silverman.

Susan Silverman lives in Jerusalem. I got in touch with Susan and did my best to explain that I am not really a total weirdo and just want to meet Sarah. She, being super nice, said she thought we could arrange some sort of coffee date. As I read her email I jumped up and down (first I took the lap top off my lap, smart thinking).

I had to keep it a secret. It was hard. I am really good at keeping secrets, but I wanted to share the news with all my friends that helped me out. Still I patiently waited for the day to arrive.

By Tuesday the President’s Conference had officially started and I knew Sarah Silverman must be somewhere in Jerusalem since she was supposed to appear on the first panel. Sitting a few rows back in a large conference hall, I watched Sarah Silverman give her interview. From the high of watching her from a short distance, I decided to call her sister a few hours later to check in about our coffee date.

My skinny friend and co-blogger, Rebecca, stood beside me as I tried to sound as normal as possible when scheduling my big moment. It was decided that I would meet Sarah at a family BBQ the next evening – just me, Sarah, family, friends and my husband and baby (should’ve asked if I could bring the dog too).

As the hours ticked by I got increasingly nervous. It was almost like a blind date. I asked for advice from some of my friends and they told me to be myself and just enjoy the meeting.

So that’s what I did. Almost. I got to the BBQ and walked in, felt a rush of heat go over my whole body, and walked back out. I got super nervous. I just had to tell myself she is a normal person like anyone else. My G-d this is the woman that talked about poop on stage yesterday at the President’s Conference, she is just like me!

I met Susan first and thanked her for the opportunity. Like any Jewish mother she encouraged me to eat and have a good time and then she brought me to Sarah. It was awesome. Sarah gave me a big hug as I introduced myself to her as the semi-stalker she had heard about from her sister.

The pants I gave Sarah look just like Jasmine's but the waist goes much higher...much higher.

I gave her a present, some Jewish stuff, but the main gift was a pair of super Israeli pants from Bazaar Strauss. Wrong in all the wrong places, the turquoise MC Hammer pants are known in Israel as, “Aladdin pants,” or “poop pants.” I explained to her that there was no right way to wear them. As she stood examining them she asked how high up they are supposed to go. I told her I really didn’t know, but I guess up to the boobs if possible. I wanted her to have a quintessential part of Israel and something funny to remember us by. I told her if she ever doesn’t feel funny enough she should definitely wear these. She took them and thanked me.

After grabbing a plate of food and making my way into the circle of chairs on the balcony, I proceeded to hang out with Sarah and her friends. I introduced her to my baby boy, who of course was wearing his ‘party pooper onesie’. But like any good party pooper, as soon as she held him he started crying. Thanks kid. But she took it well, and later in the evening when he cried with her again, she posed with him for some sad face pictures. Nice.

Crying like a baby or tears of joy? Sarah plays along.

We talked about all the things you would talk about when you introduce a Diaspora Jew to Israel: cats (they are the squirrels of Jerusalem), cottage cheese prices (through the roof and boycotts throughout the country) and how the old city is really old. All the important stuff.

It was a great night. I saw her as a real person. She and her sister are very close and they sat there reminiscing about funny childhood stories. She loved hanging out with her nieces and nephews, was open and friendly with anyone that walked through the door, and seemed so comfortable. I loved hearing her talk about comedy, since I am also a comedian (if only to myself) in my comedy troupe Hahafuch (had to plug it). It was fun to hear her and a few other comedians talk about that world. I have never been in a conversation like that. And when I say ‘in’ I mean I was on the sidelines listening to them talk about stand up and just taking it all in.

Thumbs up, that'll win her over!

And that’s what I did with this campaign. I took in the whole experience, from the first idea of ‘what if I could meet Sarah Silverman while she is in Israel’ to writing a post, and in the end actually meeting this incredible comedian. I would like to thank all the people that helped me in my campaign and in my success. As Sarah Silverman says, ““Guess what, Martin Luther King? I had a (beep) dream, too.” Thank you to Sarah Silverman for making this Jewish girl’s dream in a far away land come true.

 

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  1. * Lisa Robbins says:

    Hi Molly, That was a totally fun read. Maybe you could make a career out of trying to meet stars who come to Israel? 😉

    Hey, check out this post on our site “Is Sarah Silverman good for the Jewish community” and let us know what you think!

    http://letmypeoplegrow.org/2011/05/sarah-silverman-good-jewish-community/

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  2. * Eric says:

    Awesome! I should have asked you to pass on a marriage proposal from me 🙂

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  3. * Molly says:

    Eric the moral of this story is: Be Israeli. Be pushy. Say what you want to say. And never ever let anyone tell you it can’t be done. With social media you can do it all…overthrow governments or meet really cool famous people, and even asked them to marry you!

    In short: next time!

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  4. * Benji Lovitt says:

    Kol hakavod!

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  5. * molly says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I would love for nothing more than to make this a full-time job. I will be the BFF to all famous/cool/attractive/semi-smart important people that come to Israel. They can all use a friend like me. Someone to show them the secret amazing spots of Jerusalem, like Bizarre Strauss or where to get the cheapest ice coffee…but until then…

    I commented on your post too, so I did in fact let you know what I think! Thanks for sharing!!

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  6. * Yehudit says:

    I am so impressed, Molly! And just so you know, you’re so much prettier than your BFF.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  7. * Molly says:

    Thanks Yehudit, but she is really pretty, I think it was just the end of the night and she was jet lagged and all presidential-conferenced out…the woman was on the cover of maxim!

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago
  8. * Zvi says:

    Congrads!
    If you like hearing comedians talk comedy, you should give “Talking Funny” a try.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 11 months ago


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