Rockin’ Redband

August 11, 2008 - 11:35 AM by

One of the delights of Israeli culture is the mash up that occurs when English-speaking immigrants have kids and raise them as Israelis. A friend once said that these Sabra children often wind up with the best of both worlds – the confidence and improvisational skills of Israelis, and the manners and  sensibilities of their Anglo heritage. Of course, sometimes they get the worst of both worlds, and sometimes…  well, there’s Redband.

The latest hit summer TV series on HOT VOD (sort of like a low-rent HBO),  Redband is an R-rated comedic car crash ‘mockumentary’ featuring life-sized puppets portraying the most thick-brained rock stars this side of Spinal Tap. The puppets, the creation of three children of Anglo immigrants, switch with ease from English to Hebrew, and prove they can talk filthily in either language with equal aplomb.

The show’s offensive like South Park, and just as hilarious, especially when band leader Red Orbach  skewers the guest of each episode, an in-the-flesh Israeli pop star like Aviv Gefen, Shalom Hanoch and Mosh Ben-Ari.

Ari Feffer, Micha Duman and Ami Wiesel are the Israeli Americans behind the puppets. They all grew up with a love of 60s music and hippie culture thanks to their American parents, and despite having gone through the army and attended film school at Tel Aviv University, they still feel more comfortable within the milieu of American culture and slang. And Redband shows that they learned exactly what to make fun of from the excesses of the rock & roll lifestyle which Red and his band mates Poncho and Lefty emerged from.

It’s fun to watch an Israeli TV show that’s almost all in English, but with hip Tel Aviv slang and inside Israeli jokes thrown in at will. Redband blurs the lines even further between Israeli and American culture, and in doing so,  are making people on both sides laugh until it hurts.


7 Comments on Rockin’ Redband

  1. beatrice corato on Mon, Aug 11th 2008 6:07 PM
  2. Israel Goes Tomorrow while a part of the ancient world remains to recount herself how was greatest. It’s incredible stupid Mind-situation under my eyes, here, in the city of Rome, the city of new barbares and new ignorance.
    Israel Goes Tomorrow and I enjoy with peoples of Israel, little Golia against stupid giants. Good Speed Israel, I have no doubt about Your Good New Day. Because You take Your Fathers, and Your Fathers was also my Fathers. They not will die, They stay Alive. I love You, Israel of Technology & Old Fathers. Thanks all You with my Joy:)

  3. Yoav on Sat, Sep 13th 2008 7:10 PM
  4. Seriously, this show is amazing. I’ve watched all the episodes and KEEP watching them over and over again.. I can’t believe that such a brilliant TV show came from ISRAELI TV (which is usually very bad and unoriginal).

    Can’t wait to see more episodes! there are so many israeli artists left to make fun of!

  5. Emanuel on Wed, Sep 24th 2008 1:55 PM
  6. RedBand is the best israeli TV show, Ever.

    [...] show is the creation of a few Israelis of American descent who wanted something local with more of an Yank theme: Ari Feffer, Micha Duman and Ami Wiesel are the Israeli Americans behind the puppets. They all grew [...]

  7. tom on Thu, Nov 18th 2010 12:10 AM
  8. where can i get english subtitles for the episods?

  9. Jim on Tue, Mar 22nd 2011 8:15 AM
  10. I would also like to know where to find the show with English subtitles, one of my friends apparently writes for the show and he doesnt even know.

  11. Peter Viviani on Thu, Dec 8th 2011 6:58 PM
  12. These guys are playing in Pachamama in Costa Rica at the end of January for the River Festival (! So stoked… gonna be an epic event :)

    I live here so hit me up with any questions. I assure you this festival will be something you’ll never forget, however, there may be a few gaps here and there ;) haha

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