December 2, 2020 | 2: 56pm | Updated December 2, 2020 | 3: 16pm
They’re not chopped liver.
Whoever mentioned good guys end final clearly has by no means glimpsed the Nice Jewish Guys wall calendar. Since its debut in 2009, greater than 100 Hebrew college hotties — the sort of sensible, shy, bespectacled guys you wish to invite over for Chinese meals on Christmas — have graced the shiny pages of the ironic (and iconic) publication.
Creator Adam Cohen informed The Post that he first got here up with the thought for a calendar full of “bubbe-approved” mensches on a lark. “It started as a funny idea. ‘Let’s just do one; it’ll be a gas.’ But 11 years on, it’s an international sensation,” mentioned the 54-year-old Westchester native and NYU grad.
The images type is much less piece of meat, and extra piece of gefilte fish.
Each month options an approachable man and some enjoyable information about him. Some shmaltzy standouts through the years: November 2016’s Jake N., whose favourite meals is latkes with applesauce; May 2019’s Ben, who claims he can belt out “If I Were a Rich Man” higher than Topol himself; and September 2019’s Bryan who led a Birthright journey to Israel.
This time, there’s Brett (January 2021), who confesses he’s “addicted to soup,” Dov (April 2021), who considers himself “artistic but also a klutz” and Chase, who represents October in a brooding pic alongside his mother and father (yep) to melt your flanken (quick ribs).
Cohen, a Santa Monica, California-based govt producer who runs manufacturing firm Super Delicious, mentioned that when he’s casting the calendar, he seems to be for normal guys who nonetheless have one thing particular about them. “He may not have chiseled abs, but has qualities like trustworthiness and sense of humor — and you can bring him home to Mom,” Cohen mentioned.
Indeed, kvelling mothers do go to excessive lengths to get their sons in: “Mothers get aggressive: ‘Why isn’t my son chosen? He went to an excellent Ivy League college.’ I’m almost a nice Jewish pimp,” joked Cohen, who now winnows about 1,000 submissions for the 12 coveted spots beginning in January — odds, he famous, which might be even decrease than moving into Harvard.
“I have guys who keep submitting year after year,” he mentioned, including that he’s come a good distance from scouting on Craigslist within the early days. “I have a number of guys who submit pictures of themselves eating a bagel or wearing a yarmulke.” He mentioned there have even been non-Jewish guys posing as a members of the tribe to make the lower.
November 2021’s Ezra Parter shared his submission secrets and techniques with The Post. “I told Adam’s team about my grandma’s cooking and my Hebrew school experiences. Overall, a very weird whirlwind for this humble not-a-model dude from Wisconsin,” mentioned the 29-year-old LA-based actor. However, he’s not above utilizing his pinup standing as a relationship asset: “Whatever it takes to find love, right? I actually just added a joke about it in my JSwipe profile.”
Another former Nice Jewish Guy mentioned the post-calendar adulation was actual — and welcome.
Brian Stampnitsky, a January 2010 cowl boy and now LA-based author, mentioned that after publication, “I had groupies! Three women . . . found me on Facebook. I was so flattered.” He took one fan out on a date, but it surely didn’t pan out. Now, he mentioned he sees his 5 minutes of fame as “a goofy little episode from the past.”
Although the calendar hasn’t gotten any dudes hitched but, it has avenue cred: Howie Mandel boasted about his son, Alex — Mr. February 2014 — on “The Tonight Show,” and Ellen DeGeneres has additionally paid homage. “They made their own version,” mentioned Cohen, noting how her Jewish producers couldn’t resist.
For self-described “geeky tough guy” Howie Schaal, 29, from Jersey City, New Jersey, his standing as Mr. February 2021 is all about impressing one individual — his mother. He mentioned he can’t wait to inform her he made the lower, info that he’s saving for her Hanukkah current.
This isn’t uncommon, mentioned Cohen. “A lot of them do it to impress their parents,” he mentioned. “It’s their way of saying, ‘See, Ma, I made it.’ ”