Hanukkah is here, and for us Jews, the Festival of Lights is the time for eating latkes, lighting candles, and collecting gelt. In a seasonal web series called Bubala Please, however, the appropriate activities are expanded to including playing dreidel in sketchy back alleys and cursing out all those “mothafuckin’ goyim.”
Bubala Please follows the adventures of Jaquann and Luis, a pair of thuggin’ Jews who teach viewers the meaning of Hanukkah. In the first episode, they explain the latke-making process using a combination of gangsta slang and Yiddish. Is it potentially offensive to Jews, Blacks, and Latinos? Sure is. However, Bubala Please is an equal-opportunity offender, so I don’t feel so bad about laughing along with it. And laugh I did.
The humor isn’t remotely subtle or nuanced, but who cares. Every time I hear Jaquann’s line about latkes (“Dem bitches is geshmak!”) or Luis’ recommendation to decorate your Hanukkah bush with “crazy-ass tchotchkes,” I lose it. The second episode‘s rap version of the Shehecheyanu is just the icing on the cake. Maybe I’m biased, but I’ve been hankering for a funny Jewish web series ever since Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee ended, and Bubala Please delivers.
Bubala Please, which is produced by Napkin Note, has made a decent dent, with the first episode drawing over 350,000 views and attracting 1,600 subs to the nascent channel. Of course, with subscribers comes expectation, and with expectation comes potential disappointment. I would love to see Bubala Please succeed, so I’m happy to provide them with a Yiddish glossary and a rap dictionary. Just keep smashing those two together, Napkin Note.