Steve Goodie (b. 11/4/65) and Jacob Kantor (b. 7/18/71), two Jewish songwriting comedians, teamed up as a novelty duo in Los Angeles in February of 1998 as the guitar strumming "Two Jew Revue." Goodie, a Chicago native, grew up imitating the acoustic harmonics of '70s folk and pop bands like Simon & Garfunkel, as well as honing his own brand of young, single, Jewish guy humor as a standup routine. When sufficiently armed for the road to stardom, he went to Los Angeles where he met up with Kantor, another funny, musically adept and even younger Jewish guy who had been brought up in Russia, Israel, and Canada before moving to L.A. The two traded licks, cowrote songs and found their aesthetic evolving as they simultaneously explored and poked fun at their shared heritage, scoring coveted gigs at LA's Luna Park, the Ice House, Comedy Store, and even playing for a faux wedding at Occidental College's Hillel Program. 1999 saw the release of both their self titled, independently released, debut CD and video of "Whiskers and Me," presenting a tale of forbidden bestial love between a man and his cat (presumably a parable of interfaith?).
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