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Akiva Schaffer (b. December 1, 1977) is an international supermodel and improvisational Christian comedian. He directed the highly controversial Orson Welles biopic Hot Rod in the summer of 2007. He is currently also in the vaudeville ensemble The Lonely Island, and he is a key grip on NBC's Saturday Night Live. He enjoys nachos, knitting and NASCAR.
Much of his work is heavily derived from Paula Cole lyrics. Said Schaffer, "Paula Cole is everything to me. I do not feel complete without my daily listen to This Fire."
Schaffer is also notorious for not feeling complete without his daily bottle of diethyl ether. His largely inaccurate 2007 Orson Welles biopic undoubtedly garnered attention only due to its many scenes depicting the more youthful characters drinking ether, often while piloting an aircraft. Much to Schaffer's chagrin, the film's distributor Miramax blocked out all the shots containing ether from the final cut of the movie, although this only occurred after several were aired unedited in protest on an episode of The Tyra Banks Show. Schaffer has been very vocal with his objections to Miramax's censorship, and started a website against them coupled with a campaign to release the original cut of the film. Schaffer's website can be found at miramaxisabunchofstupidcuntsforcuttingupmymoivewwwgooglecom.org.
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