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Comedian Judah Friedlander Takes on Imo's Again: "Legally, It's Not Even Like Pizza"

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Judah Friedlander, lover and hater of Imo's Pizza.
The first time Judah Friedlander -- who plays Frank Rossitano, the guy with all the hats on 30 Rock -- ate an Imo's pizza, he thought it was a joke.

"I thought I was on a prank show where someone had given me the worst pizza in history, and then I realized, 'Oh, this is how they actually make it,'" Friedlander tells Washington University's Student Life Newspaper.

See also: 6 People Who Should Take David Freese's Place as Imo's Pizza Spokesperson

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Judah Friedlander on Instagram
Judah Friedlander hits up the Arch.
Student Life reporter Eliana Goldstein caught up with Friedlander after his packed show Wednesday, and he couldn't miss a chance to rib the cracker-crust and provel-cheese creation St. Louisans love so much.

"I love making fun of Imo's Pizza," he says. "It's such a divisive topic because it's specific to St. Louis."

As much as Friedlander jokes about the square beyond compare, it's clearly getting under his skin.

"I've come to actually like it," he says. "Legally, it's not even like pizza. The cheese they use is, like, not even real cheese. It's a cheeselike product. I think legally, you're not allowed to call it cheese."

When he came to St. Louis to perform at the Firebird last year, Friedlander bought Imo's Pizza for the crowd. He even tweeted a photo to arguably the biggest Imo's Pizza detractor in America, Jimmy Kimmel, who responded:

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See also: Judah Friedlander Buys Firebird Crowd Imo's Pizza After Show, Jimmy Kimmel Still Hates It

But don't worry. St. Louisan and uber-hottie Jon Hamm is sticking up for us to Jimmy Kimmel:

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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25 comments
davidwraith
davidwraith

I've always suspected that Judah Friedlander was a Tony Clifton like character created by former RFT writer Mike Seely. Or perhaps it was the other way around. 

lammers3
lammers3

Who ever don't like Imo's pizza can choke on my dick before leaving my city!

Christopher Slater
Christopher Slater

If I don't like something, I don't eat it. I don't go on, and on, and on about how bad it is. I've had crappy pizza before. I grew up with Imo's - we are the same age!! I will eat it because I like it. I can also enjoy New York style, New Jersey style, Chicago style, thick crust, thin crust, had tossed, pan, and French bread pizza. Pizza is like sex, when it is good, it is really good. When it is bad, well, it is still pretty good.

Mike Casseday
Mike Casseday

I've tried Imo's twice and don't care for it.... Don't like Pizza Hut or Dominos either... I like Monicals ....

Steve Van Booven
Steve Van Booven

IMOs is just ok... I really don't like that people identify it with St. Louis. There are many better options in this area... many

Carrie Love
Carrie Love

Love Imo's! I currently live in Minnesota, but I grew up just over the river from STL. It's something I eat every time I'm "home" :)

Linda SansSouci
Linda SansSouci

I like thin-crust pizza, but definitely not Imo's wherein the cheese gets stuck in my teeth, and tastes horrible........

Charlene Beck Panek
Charlene Beck Panek

He's right about the stuff they call cheese. Doesn't belong on a pizza.

本 自由な
本 自由な

you literally cannot compare the square. there's much better pizza than imo's -- but imo's ISN'T pizza, and there's nothing better than imo's!

Darlene Meyer Yurkins
Darlene Meyer Yurkins

Well, when you have access and exposure to real NY pizza, Imo's is a big ole WTF. (Also known a "an aquired taste")

Pun N. Tended
Pun N. Tended

Imo's has turned into tasting like a saltine with cleaning solution as toppings. Their quality has dropped big time in the past 5-7 years. Steffanina's reigns supreme.

Gregory Adam
Gregory Adam

I'll take a sausage and mushroom pizza from IMOs with some toasted raviolis and for desert I'll have some Gooey butter cake! THANKS!

Steve Rusnack
Steve Rusnack

Imos is to pizza, what White Castle is to hamburgers. disgustingly good, or just disgusting.

James Harris
James Harris

I've found a new hero. DEATH TO FALSE PIZZA. Name it something else, so we can both enjoy it AND stop these mad comparisons to pizza.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Having moved away from St Louis, I miss Imos, though I know there is better pizza around St Louis.  I love the cheese and try to get blocks of the stuff down here in Florida and use it whenever I cook.  ANY pizza is better than I can find down here in South Florida, it all consists of wet cardboard and grease with little to no real taste. 

ut_4_me
ut_4_me topcommenter

I gave to agree.  I am a lifelong St. Louisan, and Imo's is about the most disgusting pizza I have ever tasted.


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