The 2 Live Jews are a Miami duo whose "Oy! It's So Humid" parodies the 2 Live Crew's "Me So Horny" by recasting that hip-hop hit with a Yiddishe flavor. But unlike any rapper worth his gold ropes, Moishe MC and Easy Irving didn't bother bringing a deejay along with their shtick Tuesday night at the Bayou -- the music was on tape. And ultimately, their set had a lot less to do with rap than with fourth-rate borscht-belt comedy.
Sometimes the duo's humor was thudding, marked by one missed opportunity after another. Much of the banter on "Jokin' Jews" was sophomoric, and "Beggin' for a Bargain" resorted to lousy stereotyping. (At least they didn't treat the audience to their vaguely misogynous "J.A.P. Rap," which appears on their album, "As Kosher as They Wanna Be.")
But mixed in with the groaners was some undeniably funny parody: "Bust a Movement" adapted Young MC's "Bust a Move" into an anti-constipation rally. And the Yiddish primer "Shake Your Tuchas" (ripping off K.C. & the Sunshine Band's "Shake Your Booty") cleverly alluded to the 2 Live Crew's censorship tsoris by employing the slang interpretation of a Yiddish word that translates literally into "push."