The Bagel Report is a pop-culture entertainment podcast featuring award-winning culture and entertainment writers Esther D. Kustanowitz and Erin Ben-Moche. Each episode, these entertainment junkies discuss all things Jewish in the arts & entertainment world while exploring how Jewish identity is portrayed on the big and small screen. Follow us on social @estherk and @ebenmoche and on Twitter and Facebook @TheBagelReport .
Fake Nose, Stranger Things, & Celebrity Mitzvahs
The Bagels are talking about Bradley Cooper's nose this week-- and how his Leonard Bernstein impression has set the internet ablaze in prosthetic controversy. We also talk about why Obi-Wan Kenobi may or may not be like Moses. Speaking of Moses, Obi-Wan Kenobi actor Moses Ingram has become the target of racist fan rage, which we do not approve of. Strange Jewish things are emerging from Stranger Things this season and of course, Esther caught it. Big Bagel appreciation goes out to celebrity Jews Jamie Lee Curtis, Liev Schreiber, Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller Rogen for their work in honor and memory of their ancestors. The Bagels also remember George Shapiro, who is responsible for bringing us so much comedy over the years, and looking forward to Erin's wedding; she's basically the opposite of a Bridezilla.
Stranger Things Season 2 is on Netflix
Obi-Wan is on Disney+
May the Force Be With these Jewish Types
Just because "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" is between seasons doesn't mean we're not going to talk about the recent casting notice looking for "Jewish types," or what it means that there are scenes in the upcoming season set in Israel. This week, Esther gives a light review of "The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem" and Erin makes a case for Randall as the Jewish sibling in "This Is Us." Plus, Esther engages in a discussion of when "Star Wars" Day actually is and explores some of "Star Wars'" Jewish elements in honor of Shabbat Shabobiwan as Erin politely nods and smiles.
WePod: Back in the Virtual Studio
With so much content hitting theaters, networks, and streamers, we had to make some hard choices about what to cover in our first pod after our unintentional hiatus. Esther confronts her "WeCrashed" issues; Erin gets frustrated by missed Jewish opportunities in Marvel's "MoonKnight" series. Both take a moment to appreciate "Grace & Frankie" and how they show new paths into friendship while growing older. Plus, Erin and Esther are happy to be back onboard "Russian Doll's" regressive therapy train to take apart the new season until we reach the vulnerable inner child at the center.
Turning Red, Coming of Age and Life & Beth
This week, Erin and Esther noted a new trend in storytelling: Girls and women coming of age. "Encanto" and "Turning Red" (Disney+) narrow the lens further with ethnic specificity, which doesn't stop either from being relevant regardless of cultural identity. Plus, some initial talk about Amy Schumer's new series "Life and Beth" (Hulu); "Heritage Day" featuring two of our fave "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" alumni; and the cartoon in live-action that is Jared Leto playing an Israeli in WeCrashed (AppleTV+).
Erin...Esther...Bagels: The Last S4 Maisel Recap
A magician is suddenly a hypnotist and changes everything! Imogene is Dody! Moishe falls off a barstool! This week the bagels recap the highs and lows of the last few episodes of Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Esther and Erin try to find all their words and mostly succeed in their recap and make a few guesses about the final season. Also, in case we still have listeners who don't watch Maisel, loving “Better Things” leaning into the Jewyness, wondering why Hollywood is all-in on Jared Leto and made him an Israeli con-man in “WeCrashed,” and a quick mini-review of the play “TRAYF,” now at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A.
This week, the Bagels reflect on Ukraine, recap "CODA" moments at the SAG Awards, understand the many layers of Larry David after he canceled/ postponed his own HBO special, and dissect John Mulaney’s sober SNL patchwork musical, including those Fiddler Jews. Later, during Maisel Moments, they psychoanalyze Midge’s urge to drag everyone into progress whether they like it or not. They also praise Susie’s eulogy tour de force and — unfortunately for Esther —offer another “What’s going on with Joel” segment. Stay connected with The Bagel Report on social @thebagelreport, on Instagram @TBRthepod, and by email at email@example.com