The holidays can be a confusing time for those of us who celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah. But now, the renowned violinist Joshua Bell has joined forces with classical comedy duo Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo for a “Christmas Confusion”, a video which shines a hilarious spotlight on the situation.
It starts off with Joshua Bell clad in a ridiculously shiny shirt, dozing in a recording studio. Igudesman, wearing a similarly shiny shirt, awakens Bell and gives him a present – a Christmas song for Joshua’s holiday album. Joshua says it’s perfect for the album, but there’s only one problem. It’s too Christmasy. He asks Igudesman, “Could you do something about it? You’re half-Jewish like me. Can you Jew it up a bit? It’ll make my mother really happy.”
Igudesman agrees to make some changes, but says, “I’m not sure if Hyung-ki will be able to play it. He’s Korean.”
Joo enters, wearing a Hasidic-style hat with fake side-curls. “Hey, hey,” he says. “What are you talking about? I’m the only whole Joo here.” (Joo…Jew… Cue the rimshot.) He unzips his sweater to reveal a “Super-Joo” t-shirt.
What follows is a mashup of carols including “Jingle Bells” and “Silent Night” with Jewish songs such as “I Have a Little Dreidel”and “Hava Nagila”. All of this is mixed in with a good dose of Igudesman and Joo’s trademark silliness. I particularly love the moment at 3.06 when Joo pops up between the two violinists with mistletoe over his head and puckered lips.
Enjoy the video below, and happy holidays, everyone!
- You: Hanukkah-Christmas musical mash-up comes from Igudesman & Joo (latimes.com)
- Joshua Bell Rounds Up All-Star Lineup for ‘Musical Gifts’ (wqxr.org)
- Classical comedy duo Igudesman & Joo bring ‘Nightmare’ to Chicago Symphony Orchestra (thecontrapuntist.com)
- Hilarious mashup of Mozart, Gloria Gaynor, the Beatles, and Pachelbel Canon (thecontrapuntist.com)