"Dude Where's my Chutzpah?" is a comedic web series which follows Jessie on her adventure to discover what it means to be Jewish. After learning that her recently deceased Bubbie left her a large sum of money, Jessie, a quirky yet jaded stand-up comedian, discovers that in order to get the cash she must "Live JEWISH for a year." From the underground Israeli club scene, to the front of the picket line, to the depths of the Kabbalah, Jessie soon discovers the plethora of ways to experience Judaism. In addition to her hilarious adventures, she also taps into the spiritual realm and learns how her soul can flourish within the tangible world. Watch as Judaism shows Jessie that the journey is the destination, and that every answer is just a question in disguise...

"Dude Where's my Chutzpah?" is currently in pre-production and gearing up to shoot this summer in both Los Angeles and Israel. We've been honored with a Six Points Fellowship and are currently fundraising in order to make the most awesomely epic web series of all time. Please contribute what you can and watch your Karma points go through the roof. Every Shekel counts...

The Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists is a program of the FJC, originally founded in partnership with Avoda Arts, and JDub, with significant funding from The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, and the Righteous Persons Foundation.

Photo by Carrie Boretz

write up in ZEEK magazine presented by The Forward

justjewit-51a13059Jessie: For me it’s all coming from a natural/authentic place because the journey was so personal. I was treading in such unfamiliar territory I had to just give up any sense of what the finished product was going to be, which is maddening because I knew I had to deliver a finished product at the end of the two years. Insert corny moment: making art is like falling in love, the second you try to define/label it, it turns to sh-t. So I just tried to give into the process, get dirty, make an ass of myself, and know that something greater than me was piecing it all together.


As far as the comedy factor, I’m never going for the joke. I am 100% genuine in my curiosity about learning (trying to learn) about what it means to be Jewish. Of course comedic moments rise from it because any kind of struggle has comedic moments to it, but I’m not trying to make you laugh. Honestly, life is funny enough without the punch lines. During production I was constantly channeling the rich history we as Jews have at poking fun at ourselves, finding the absurdity in the human condition and most of all laughing through the tears. I’m so proud to come from this culture that supports my desire to seek, question, challenge. I’m standing on the shoulders of hilarious giants full of chutzpah.

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