Elon Gold is a comedian and actor who has starred in FOX’s ‘Stacked’ and NBC’s ‘In-Laws.’ His one-hour stand up special, ‘Chosen and Taken,’ currently out on Netflix, has been getting rave reviews from fans and critics alike. He has made appearances on ‘The Tonight Show’ and had a recurring role on the hit show, ‘Bones.’ Elon was also a writer and performer on ABC’s ‘The Dana Carvey Show’ and has guest starred on ‘Frasier,’ ‘The Mentalist,’ and ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ among others. His routine on Christmas trees went viral and was shared by millions around the globe. Future projects include a web series he filmed in Israel and a new stand up special that was recently taped in front of fifteen thousand people at the AIPAC Policy Conference in D.C. He may also be the only comedian to ever perform at the U.N. Although knowing the history of the U.N. Elon is looking forward to his 11th appearance at JFL and another sold out run for his new show, ‘Elon Gold: Pro-Semite.’
Ron: Hi, Elon, how’s it going?
Elon: Hi, Ron. This is, like, my fourth interview today.
Ron: Hopefully this will be the best interview of the day.
Elon: You know what? This is already the best interview of the day.
Ron: We got a lot to talk about with your upcoming festival dates.
Elon: Let’s talk about the festival. This is my 11th time at the festival, but it’s my second time doing my one-man show. The first one was Elon Gold: Half Jewish, Half Very Jewish. This one is Elon Gold: Pro Semite. It goes even deeper. I might as well call it Louder and Jewier.
I’d like to say you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy my show, but it sure helps. It’s like an old Jew fest. There should be a warning label: ‘Some material may not be suitable for Gentiles. However everyone will love it.’
I talk about being Jewish, but I talk about other things like racism, stereotypes, sex, marriage and all that stuff. I’ll talk about Israel to cultural differences. We’ll delve into anti-semitism. A good chunk of my show is me venting about how I don’t get enough [acting] roles considering the Jews run Hollywood. You would think that would help, like, “Hey! My people run Hollywood.” Yet I haven’t got a decent acting role in, like, four years.
Ron: Speaking of acting roles, what was the last decent acting role you had?
Elon: I had a recurring role on [Fox TV Series] Bones which was really good. My character on the show even dated one of the other characters.
There’s this whole thing now about diversity, which is great. It’s like, “Let’s hire more minority players.” I was thinking, “Ok, cool. I’m a minority.” But as it turns out, I’m considered a white guy in Hollywood. So to [them], I’m a white guy. But to the Bel-Air country club, I’m a minority.
Ron: I know you’ve done a lot of writing and, in particular, with Ari Schiffer. Do you think that writing and trying to produce your own material is the way to go?
Elon: Well, even in the writing world or writer’s room nowadays, it’s all about the minority hire. So then you run into reverse racism where it’s like, “Okay. We can’t get the jobs anymore.” So then, in the end, no one’s ever really going to be happy about the situation.
Ron: Would you say comedy is good way to deal with racism?
Elon: It’s the best way to deal with the ills of society and it’ll always be the way. Nowadays, we are dealing with so many crazy things, the best way to deal with [them] is with comedy.
I’ve always been obsessed with finding the funny in hate, you know? I think when you find the funny in hate, you get to expose the ignorance of bigotry. It gets to show the haters just how stupid they are.
Comedy can deal with everything. Comedians talk about what bothers us. My show is a lot of what bothers me, which is what’s going on in Hollywood and how I’m not considered a minority; the anti-Israel sentiments in the world. I always talk about what bothers me. I love making jokes about serious issues.
Chris Rock is angry about racism. and he talks about how it’s still relevant today. Now, people see that and they can sympathize and want to help him and his cause.
The problem with me is I come along and talk about Jews struggling. However people don’t get behind that because the perception is Jews are doing quite well for themselves. In fact, the only people who think Jews are struggling are Jews.
No one wants to hear about the Jewish struggle. However there is so much Jewish struggling going on. There’s Jewish poverty, Jews struggling for their safety in Europe. There’s the struggle of Israel for its survival. People say, “Where’s the struggle in Israel with such a good economy and army?” I mean, they are surrounded by neighbours who seek its very destruction and have tried on several occasions. So that is a struggle.
Ron: You do have very good Canadian connection since you did the television series Stacked with Pamela Anderson.
Elon: Oh yeah! Are you kidding me? Yes, she was amazing and a very nice woman. And Canadian. We had a good run for a season and a half and then they cancelled us.
Steve Levitan, who created Modern Family, created [Stacked]. I missed his hit show by two. It was Stacked, then some Kelsey Grammar show, then Modern Family. Pamela Anderson, who has a lot of hits, does a show with me and it flops. Steve Levitan, who has Modern Family, does a show with me and it flops. You see what I mean? The Jew can’t catch a break. The Jewish struggle continues!
Ron: Are you still the only comedian to have performed at the U.N.?
Elon: I think I am. It’s perfect because it’s normally a room full of clowns. That was for a pro-Israel event that the Israeli ambassador invited me to do and it was a lot of fun.
Ron: Congratulations on that. It’s amazing!
Elon: Thank you. Yeah, it was good. I performed in front of 2,000 people and it turned out to be real fun. Who knew?
Ron: In your comedy, are you still doing impersonations?
Elon: Absolutely! In fact, I was about to go on last night in The Comedy Center in New York. And along comes Jerry Seinfeld, and he bumped me. It felt good to be bumped by the king. I told him, “This was perfect. Because after you go on, I’ll do you.” And he thought that would be great.
He went on and killed it. Then I went on and did the Seinfeld thing and people just went nuts. They loved it.
I’ll always do impressions, but it’s not my main focus. To me, it’s just a God-given talent and every once in a while I’ll pull it out and use it much like my penis. But it’s best to keep it in your pants most of the time, you know what I mean?
Some comedians frown upon impressions, like it’s a prop or magic trick. They see it as, “Oh! Look what I can do.” But then again, all comedy is about, ‘look what I can do’. In the end, as long as you can make people laugh, that’s what matters.
Ron: Who are your favourite people to impersonate?
Elon: I love to do Howard Stern and definitely Jeff Goldblum. That’s kind of what I’m known for. He’s one of my signature guys. I did the Jeff Goldblum gala last year where I impersonated him.
Hey Ron, I hope we got some good stuff in this interview.
Ron: We did and I really enjoyed this interview a lot because you did most of the talking.
Elon: That’s hilarious. Funny for you, but not for my wife who’ll be wondering when she can get a word in.
Thank you, Ron. And make sure to come see my show and say hi to me afterwards. I look forward to seeing you there.
Ron: I look forward to being there. Thanks.