Actor Sacha Baron Cohen Talks About Jewish Influence on His Comedic Career, Playing Hasidic Jews With His Brother
Jewish actor Sacha Baron Cohen started writing comedic sketches as a young boy and would put on Jewish-themed shows at old age homes with his brother, the Borat star said on Monday.
While appearing on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, Cohen recalled writing his first sketch at the age of 9 for a Jewish youth club he was involved in. He said, “they would do final performances, and final parties, and I would write a little sketch, and I’d get sort of excited about it.”
The Brothers Grimsby star said that in his teens he started doing a “little routine” at Jewish old age homes with his brother, who was a musician. The duo called themselves ‘The Schvitzing Brothers,’ based on the sketch they performed.
“I was about 16. We would dress as Hasidic Jews, and sing Jewish songs,” Cohen said. “One of the songs was this song called Schvitzing, which was about how the Hasidic Jews get so hot that they end up shaving their beards, and taking their clothes off, and actually converting to Christianity at the end. It would go down terribly.”
“Please, take the money, and never come back here again,” Cohen said he was told . He added, “Eventually, I got seen doing that [sketch] and I got hired by the Paramount comedy channel to do Bruno, actually.”