In a phone call last week, Klein, 71, gave us a few hints of what we may hear during his turn at the mic.
• Klein was raised in New York City. His first foray into the “country” — rural New York state — was when he went to college at Alfred State University in western New York. As they got closer to the university, Klein saw fields of cows grazing.
“I said, ‘My God, look at those Dalmations. I can’t believe that dogs grow that big. What is that tumor hanging.’”
• He initially studied medicine, thinking he’d be a doctor. “But a few things got in my way: calculus, physics, botany, organic chemistry, reading, spelling, comprehension, behavior, aptitude, attitude, inclination, attendance and intolerance.”
• Laughter can kill. No, really. “I think it’s a very hard calling making people laugh. While every practical aspect of laughter is negative — that is to say higher blood pressure, your cheeks hurt — for that period of time, you forget your disappointment in yourself, your health, your children, whatever. It’s a terrific feeling.”
• Ripping on Bill never gets old. “When we think of Bill Clinton, we smirk, and it’s his own fault, his own folly. Bill Clinton was a Rhodes scholar — a Rhodes Scholar — from the waist up. From the waist down he was a high school equivalency diploma — incomplete.”
About the show: “Too Jewish Radio Show with Rabbi Sam Cohon and Friends,” 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St. Tickets are $32 to $102 by calling 547-3040.