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Omri Casspi: Stand-up Comedian

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Thought you guys might get a kick out of this. Omri made an appearance on an Israeli comedy show called Laughter at Work about a week ago, where famous people show up and make fun of themselves and their jobs. The video can't be embedded, and it's in Hebrew, but I asked Boogie-havoc on kingsfans.com to translate it for me, and he also explained some of the references we would have no clue about: "Good evening! I am Omri Casspi - the first Israeli to ever play in the NBA! But to tell you the truth, the guy who takes the most pride in it is my dad...he was going into Yavne (his hometown) and telling everyone "My son's in the NBA, my son's in the NBA...they told him, "Hey, what's the big deal...it's Yavne, everyone here (en=don't have, in Hebrew) N-BA." (as in no one has a Bachelor of Arts degree) "So every time people ask me what's the difference between basketball here and in the NBA, and to tell you the truth.. there's no point in even trying to compare the players over in Israel to the guys in the NBA..everything's bigger...more powerful..stronger...and that's just in the showers!" "In the states, a basketball arena is meant just for playing Basketball...here, it's used to play everything! Basketball, handball, volleyball, tennis, music concerts, an 'awakening' ceremony with a rabbi, gigs for Eyal Golan or Eli Yazpan (Israeli singer and comedian)..it's no wonder that the new foreign players get confused! They don't know if they should shoot at the basket, pray to god, or sing a duet with Kobi Perez!" (another Israeli singer) "In the NBA, they don't have "The Russian law" in basketball...that means that for every 5 players that are on on the floor, 2 of them have to be Israeli.....by the way, thats also the case when Shalom Asayag performs (the guy shown, a comedian and host of the show), for every 5 jokes he tells, 2 of them have to be about Russian people." (there are a lot of Russian immigrants in Israel, and the host makes a lot of jokes about them) "I'm not the only basketball player from Yavne: there's also Elishi Kadir, whos 2.03 high, then there's Ori Kukiya, whos 2.02, and then there's me - 2.05....and really, that's the right time and place, to thank the nuclear base in Yavne, without you guys, we would never be this tall! Oh, and by the way, Kobi (the bald guy), looking at you, with the nose and ears and everything, I think you also grew up in the area right?" "Hey, you guys are laughing, but do you know how hard it is? Starting in kindergarden, when all the kids played house and pretended to be a doctor and a nurse - I had to be the infusion stand! When I was in the 2nd grade, I'd go and eat ice cream with my mom, and I had to lift her up, so she could see the flavors! I was the only one in kindergarden who needed to pass on his clothes to his dad!" "And to wrap it up, I came here, as you all know, to help the Israeli basketball team progress into the European championships...and unlike the navy - we're gonna try to dunk - and the more fans, the merrier."

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