MONK writer/producer/director David Breckman and I arrived in Owensboro, Kentucky today for the International Mystery Writers Festival. Everybody has treated us wonderfully but I've only been here a few hours and already have an anecdote to share (or, as David said afterward, "as it was happening, I knew I was living an anecdote that I would be telling for years."). After a screening of MONK clips on a giant, outdoor screen, a fan came up to us with his family and asked us to signed his set of MONK dvds.
"I just knew Monk was written by Jews," the fan said.
"Excuse me?" David said.
"Breckman, Goldberg, you're Jews," he said. "Monk is so Jewish. Jews write the best stuff in Hollywood. All the greatest entertainment comes from Jews. Star Trek was created by a Jew. We just love what you Jews do."
The man obviously meant well and to compliment our work, and he was nervous, so we didn't take offense. David signed the box: David Breckman, a grateful Jew.
David is a super busy Jew these days. In addition to his MONK works, he's also got pilots at USA and NBC. He'll also be writing, casting, shooting and screening a ten minute mystery between now and Sunday. It will be done entirely with local actors and aspiring film-makers, so it should be a lot of fun. Jews are so talented.