NY Post – At the Cannes Film Festival last month, Sharon Stone partied on a yacht with an ostrich, Justin Bieber serenaded Busta Rhymes with a breathy “Happy Birthday” — and “The Fat Jew,” a pudgy New Yorker, was hanging out with them both, pouring rosé down his belly, just because. Who? The Fat Jew (birth name: Josh Ostrovsky) is a 30-year-old comic Instagram star with nearly half a million followers. Ever since a video of him teaching homeless people “SoulCycle” classes on parked Citi Bikes last summer went viral, the Chelsea resident, who got kicked out of Skidmore, dropped out of NYU and graduated from SUNY Albany, has taken his cult following mainstream. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder just sold two scripted shows to Amazon and Comedy Central — he’ll write and star in both. He’s got a book deal, and, oh yeah, Katy Perry and Snoop Dogg are fans. “Some people say, do one thing and do it well. I say, do many things and do them very mediocrely,” quips Ostrovsky, who will be paid $1,000 to judge a pregnant women’s wet T-shirt contest in Tampa, Fla., next month. Ostrovsky, who makes up to $2,500 for a sponsored Instagram post with one of his signature outlandish captions, is sitting at his favorite West Village gay bar. He’s not gay — he and his fiancée, publicist Katie Sturino, share a three-bedroom apartment in Chelsea — but he loves the sliders. His stomach protrudes as he sways to “Moon River” on the jukebox. He’s sporting his “hair erection” — a solid, vertical 10-inch ponytail — and a denim vest, sans shirt, that says “Mazel Tuff” on the back. “That’s my motorcycle gang,” Ostrovsky says. “We’re nine Jews . . . weekend warriors, orthopedic surgeons, and on the weekends they’re like, ‘Let’s ride.’ “We’re not going to pop wheelies and get into bar fights. So we ride to Westchester on a nice day and get prosciutto paninis and use hand signals and go the speed limit. Prosciutto is about as badass as we get.” “He’s a cultural icon,” says NYC comedian Scott Rogowsky. “Funny just naturally emanates from his sweat glands. It’s his musk.”
This, my friends, is the very definition of turning a negative into a positive. This takes “when life gives you lemons” to a whole new level. The new phrase to encourage people should be “When god makes you an overweight Jewish dude, turn yourself into an internet sensation called The Fat Jew.” Dude is partying in Cannes. Getting thousands of dollars every Instagram post. Already sold 2 TV scripts and has a book deal. If you’re gonna be a fat Jew, this is the best way to do it. Fat people are funny. Jewish people are funny. Put it together and what do you got? A Fat Jew sitting in a tub of guacamole making people laugh. Partying with Bieber and Busta Rhymes. I tip my cap to you, Mr. Fat Jew. You’re an inspiration to disgusting looking people everywhere.
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