'Vulture' sat down with the Fat Jew to talk about stealing jokes, getting caught, and losing deals.
In case you've been living under some kind of wifi-free rock, you've probably heard about the controversy surrounding the Fat Jew. Josh Ostrovsky, a "comedian" who goes by the Fat Jew on Twitter and The Fat Jewish on Instagram, recently got signed by a large Hollywood agency. In response, actual, not-in-quotes comedians took to the Internet to point out that he is a good-for-nothing joke stealer who does not deserve his success. (For the record, the Fat Jew does not consider himself a "comedian," just a "commentator.")
In addition to a strange fixation on hot tubs and jacuzzis, he seems determined in this interview to make excuses for his behavior. He "didn't know" where things came from and anyway "the Internet was a different landscape" back then and he just wants comedians to "shine." Jesse David Fox, the interviewer, makes a good faith effort to get Ostrovsky to admit he did something that was not just incidentally wrong but morally wrong, but Ostrovsky seems to think he is without blame, though he does repeatedly say that he'll never do it again.
We deserve a deal with CAA for reading the entire interview, which was (ostensibly) in the Fat Jew's own words. Now that we've been subjected to so much of the Fat Jew's writing, we want him to go back to plagiarizing.
Here are 8 of the most obnoxious things he said:
1. "I want people to shine on social media, I always have."
2. "I was sitting in hot tubs full of pasta, and interviewing rappers about whether they liked sleepovers and making them uncomfortable."
3. "Like Ben Parker, Spider-Man's uncle, said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” I can't believe I'm actually using that quote, but it really is true. I don't think I realized how much my voice was resonating."
4. [On his interns] "I need them to bathe me. I've got so many other things that I need them to do. [Giving credit] just didn't seem like something that was extremely dire."
5. "I've been sitting in hot tubs of guacamole for years."
6. "I'm sort of a Renaissance man of pop culture."
7. "You have to understand that the internet is like this giant Jacuzzi of insanity, and it's just filled with so much stuff. I would never take someone's name off something. That's not who I am or what I'm about."
8. "It wasn't a matter of diligence. I was drinking a daiquiri nude and looking at the internet, and honestly, I didn't know where it came from."
And 1 shining truth:
1. "I'm an idiot."