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‘I’ve Never Felt More Jewish in My Life,’ Says ‘Ellen Show’ Executive Producer After Receiving Swimming Lessons From Olympian Michael Phelps

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Andy Las with Michael Phelps. Photo: Screenshot.

Andy Lassner with Michael Phelps. Photo: Screenshot.

In a new segment on NBC‘s “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” this week, the program’s Jewish executive producer Andy Lassner is given swimming lessons by world champion Michael Phelps.

Introducing the match-up for the premiere of “Average Andy,” DeGeneres says the segment was created so “extraordinary people who are the best in the world teach Andy, who is a completely average person, how to do what they do.”

At the outset of the first episode, Andy warns the 23-time Olympic gold medalist that he has not swum laps “since Jewish camp, when I was a little kid.” Then, after struggling to keep up with the sporting superstar as they race across the pool, an exasperated Lassner concludes: “I’ve never felt more Jewish in my life.”

Watch the first installment of “Average Andy” below:

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