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Alex Mandel/Mr. February.(Nice Jewish Guys calendar)

Yesterday the Thanksgivukkah gods slyly smiled upon us, delivering to our offices the 2014 Nice Jewish Guys calendar, which this year got JDate’s seal of approval. It’s a perplexing if ultimately harmless annual creation that evokes a host of emotions—uneasiness, sadness, rage, ‘I think I went to high school with that guy,’ acceptance—and this year’s is no exception.

Among the eager smiling punims of 12 eligible Jewish bachelors—most of whom seem like they’re probably nice/normal enough if you can forget they posed for a singles calendar (with no discernible charity component)—Mr. February, Alex, stands out. That’s because the first line of his bio reads “This actor/producer is inspired by his dad, Howie Mandel, to “never give up.” The rest is pretty standard online dating profile material—enjoys red wine and a good v-neck tee—though I feel like better advice from dad might be ‘pick briefcase #9.’

Proud dad Howie even brought the calendar with him during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (where he dad-ly refers to it as the ‘nice boys Jewish calendar’). “Have I got a boy for you!” Mandel tells the crowd. Leno, naturally, is upset that the calendar is for 2014 instead of 5774, and asks whether there was a reason they slotted Alex for February, the shortest month. Then—surprise!—Alex himself makes a cameo, sashaying down a mock runway to show off his modeling chops (I’ve watched enough America’s Next Top Model to know that Miss J would not be impressed).

“That’s a Jewish model,” Leno says. Mazel tov, Mr. February.





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