With Chanukah starting in a couple of weeks (December 6-14), what better time for comedian Adam Sandler to give us a new version of his iconic song? “The Chanukah Song” premiered back in 1994 on an installment of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live and became an immediate hit. In it, Sandler listed celebrities who were Jewish (or part Jewish), including Leonard Nimoy, Paul Newman and all Three Stooges.
In 1999, Sandler brought us a second version and in 2002, he gave us Part III, changing the lyrics out to add more and more Jewish celebrities. Winona Ryder, Harvey Keitel, Bob Dylan, Joey Ramone, David Blaine and Lou Reed and many others made it into those two editions.
It’s been 13 years since “The Chanukah Song” got an update. Now, the wait is over. Performing at a Judd Apatow & Friends show, Sandler premiered the latest version. It begins the same way:
Put on your yarmulke
Here comes Chanukah
So much funukah
To celebrate Chanukah
Chanukah is the festival of lights
Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.
Then the new list of Jewish celebrities begins with Jesus (which ought to annoy certain people) and Punky Brewster then proceeds to name-check Stan Lee, the guys who founded Google (Larry Page and Sergey Brin), Adam Levine and Drake. But my favorite lyric is:
We got Scarlett Johansson/ Talk about a kosher crush/And if you need a higher voice to turn you on/ How about Geddy Lee from Rush?!
Did you know that Daniel Radcliffe is Jewish? Me neither. But I did know that Princess Leia is. And the roly-poly guy for Chanukah instead of Santa is actually two: Ben and Jerry.
Yes, I know this isn’t earth-shattering news or even consequential, really. But it’s nice to break up the litany of pain and idiocy with a laugh or two that’s not related to the 2016 presidential race. And if we can get that and also become culturally aware even a little, I count that as a good thing:
So drink your Jaegerbomb-ikkah and smoke your medical-marijuan-ikkah
If you really, really wanna-kah, have a happy, happy, happy, happy Chanukah
Here’s the video from Sandler’s YouTube channel:
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