Walking past his picture on the way into the Up Comedy Club, I was unsure as to how this would turn out. I mean, the guy wears a bright yellow t-shirt that says ‘World Champion’ on it, what am I supposed to think?! The hater in me wanted to automatically assume that he’s another actor-turned-comedian using his 30 Rock success and his gimmicky character to sell tickets.
By definition, a Comedian is an entertainer whose act is designed to make an audience laugh. Everything about Judah is comical. His goofy garb which consists of a disheveled beard, Elvis sideburns, and his nappy hair shielded by a worn out American-flag-covered trucker hat that says ‘World Champion’ in sign language. And according to Judah, the hands that do the signing on his hat are “the severed hands of my deceased karate opponents.” His shirt repeats the ‘World Champion’ mantra once again, while also having a cartoon photo of himself, on his own shirt. And let’s not forget his thick, blue framed glasses he wears with the American flag painted on both sides. His look is ridiculous, yet hilarious.
His style is unique, with a brilliant blend of one-liners, funny bits, and an insanely skillful ability to do crowd work, making it this difficult art form look way too easy. He will make fun of anyone on the spot without hesitation. No one in the audience is safe from Judah’s ridiculous wrath, which makes for a one-of-a-kind experience as no two shows are anywhere alike.
In the end, I was completely wrong. Judah Friedlander is an all around master of the craft. Go see him next time he’s around!
Contributing Writer: David Gavri
David Gavri is a stand-up comedian, writer and founder of the online comedy sites Gonzo Fame and Comedy Scene in Houston.