a mishige matzoh ball!" Then it was on to "McNakatz's Band," his kilt-and-yarmulke ode to Scottish Jews done in a home made Scottish-Yiddish accent, and "Max the Messer," which recast Bobby Darin-via-KurtWeill's slick and polished mass cult icon "Mack the Knife" as Max, a "big shlub
" who works as a kosher butcher on Fairfax Avenue.
Pity the shlub
who works 80 hours a week for six figures.
Hired to wax Andy Garcia and his crew, Buscemi's weasily, fedora-wearing shlub
may not look like much but he'll turn you all into buckwheats as soon as look at you.
"They never really knew what to do with my character, who was just such a shlub
," he remembers.
Perhaps most mystifying is that God, a shlub
named Al (Michael J.
The rifle tells all in "Male Fantasy": An obnoxious shlub
thinks he's possessed of godlike powers over the female sex and embarks on an absurd odyssey during which that theory is disproved at nearly every turn.
He's been transformed from shlub
to stud, a bit like Paul Rudd's character in "The Shape of Things," except that Max's mellifluous muse is no ordinary femme fatale--it's fame herself.
Allen's Joe Scheffer is a divorced, middle-management shlub
stuck in a dead-end job at a large pharmaceuticals company, making corporate videos promoting the latest wonder drugs (with a heart-stopping list of side-effects).
LAST week I tweeted my displeasure at corporations that spell out their names entirely in block capitals, presumably to stand out from the poor shlubs
that actually obey the laws of grammar.
Sooner or later, though, millions of shlubs
dependent on pension checks, annuities, or monthly payouts of one kind or another will notice that something has stopped landing in the mailbox.
It's not competing to get superpowers the way ordinary shlubs
go on American Idol or The Apprentice to magically transform into pop stars or top executives.
Enjoying the image of some FBI shlubs
in hindquarters gathering paper with lots of black-out, I hoped he put those files to the best literary uses.
Is the interactive media buying public better informed than we shlubs
who still read newspapers?