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In Linda Richman's Footsteps: 'Ronna and Beverly'

As much as I love the whole Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Ben Stiller, Judd Aptaow schlemiel genre I always shudder a bit when finding out, again and again, that their co-star is a semi-serious perky blond. (For the most recent example, see the new movie “She’s Out of My League”, where the real-life half Jew Jay Baruchel pursues yet another, fair-haired and -eyed interest.) Why can’t the woman ever be funny — and not just spunky? Occasionally, a brunette? And, just once, Jewish?

This regular disappointment explains the joy I felt recently when discovering the hilarious comedy act “Ronna and Beverly”, described by many as a Jewish “Absolutely Fabulous” and played by actresses Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo. Ronna and Beverly are two Jewish divorcees who play the authors of the book “You’ll Do a Little Better Next Time: A Guide to Marriage and Remarriage for Jewish Singles” — and they’re the best things to happen to Jewish female characters since Mike Myers did Linda Richman on SNL.

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Elissa Strauss is a contributing writer at The Sisterhood, which crossposts weekly with Jewesses with Attitude.

For a taste of Ronna and Beverly, enjoy this clip!

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Strauss, Elissa. "In Linda Richman's Footsteps: 'Ronna and Beverly' ." 19 March 2010. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on November 27, 2014) <http://jwa.org/blog/ronna-and-beverly>.

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