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Showtime developing comedy about an ultra-orthodox Jewish comedian

“What’s the deal with Tzniut clothing?” That and another Seinfeld-esque questions could now be explored on Yank, a new Showtime comedy about an ultra-orthodox Jew who moonlights as a stand-up comedian. Yank follows a young man who leads a double life: splitting his time between the Hasidic Jewish community in Williamsburg and his secret comedy career in New York City. According to Deadline, Showtime is developing the premise as a half-hour series.

Yank is written by Sex And The City’s Elisa Zuritsky and Julie Rottenberg and directed by Richard Shepard, who has worked on Ugly Betty and Girls. According to Rottenberg, the show will focus on familial expectations and personal passions. So, expect scenes in which the protagonist runs through standstill traffic to make it home in time for Shabbat dinner and/or races back and forth between a Purim carnival and a stand-up gig, only to leave his hamantaschen in the cab! 

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