In this eight-minute video, you get a lesson in the evolution of Jewish culture in America during the 20th century. The set-up is King’s mother’s request for her 49th anniversary: She wants the whole family to come to dinner at her apartment. King explains that his parents have eight married children, 18 grandchildren, and 42 people in total. In a two-and-a-half room apartment. Get the picture? Yiddish-speaking immigrants still living in a tiny apartment, who had eight children–doctors and lawyers and famous comedians. And those children had, what, the replacement rate of 2.1 kids.
OK, enough with the demographics. In the routine you get a yiddish lesson, “my mother is the worst cook in the world jokes, alter-kocker jokes, dok-tah jokes (with a brief cameo from Dr. Kronkeit), dentures, and “rotten kids.” (My mother used to say to me all the time: “You’re a rotten kid.”)