A recent New York Times profile has shone a light on something that not everyone knows about World Champion Judah Friedlander– his ping pong game is on point. It should come as no surprise to fans of the self-professed World Champion that Friedlander takes table tennis, like all competitions in life, very seriously.
The Times reported that since 2008, the comedian has been taking lessons from Wu Yue, a 26 year old from Beijing who just recently qualified to represent the U.S. at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The pair have had big impacts on each other’s lives. Ms. Wu has helped Friedlander to stay in shape and hone his hand-eye coordination for years, and in return Friedlander has taught Ms. Wu how to stay calm and cool under pressure while performing for large crowds. On top of acting as a motivational coach of sorts at some of Ms. Wu’s competitions, Friedlander has also helped the Beijing native to learn English over the years and, just last year, helped her pass her citizenship exam. Fans of Friedlander, sports, or feel-good tales about two unlikely friends palling around should check out the full article.
Watch a YouTube below of Judah talking with Wu Yue, giving some citizenship tips and getting in some table action. Judah has a new special coming out later this year, but in the meantime you can grab Judah’s amazing illustrated book, “If the Raindrops United” available in bookstores everywhere.