Neither Did Sammy Davis Jr.

by Joey deVilla on December 16, 2004

The scene: Monday morning at Canada Customs in Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. I have just stepped off my flight from Boston.

Me: Good morning.

Customs officer: Good Morning. Where are you coming from today?

Me: Boston.

Customs officer: And the reason for your trip to Boston?

Me: Visiting the fiancee and future in-laws.

Customs officer: Congratulations!

Me: Thank you.

Customs officer: I see you’ve declared $150 — are those gifts?

Me: Yes — they’re Chanukah presents.

Customs officer: (Does a double-take, looks at me again.)

Me: What, don’t I look Jewish?

Photo: Joey deVilla playing accordion.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous December 16, 2004 at 5:50 am



Anonymous December 16, 2004 at 7:00 am

too bad you weren’t wearing the flaming cowboy hat you could’ve said “yes, this is the new issue of yarmulka”. Sorry if that was blasphemous but it’s still early! 😉

Anonymous December 16, 2004 at 1:28 pm

Hey, I’ve been mistaken for South-East Asian. Go figure.

(And here I thought all white chicks looked alike.)

Anonymous December 17, 2004 at 11:11 am

Funny… he doesn’t look Druiwish.

Anonymous December 20, 2004 at 10:37 am


You’ve got to hear The Klezmonauts do Christmas standards! It’s brilliant! The CD is called, Oy To The World! My mom found a copy at Daiter’s on Eglinton but they have a website It’s on Styrofone Records, distributed by K-Tel International (remember them?)


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