We started getting this reader inquiry in our inbox in 2009, soon after the 2008 arrest of Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff:
Is this really Woody Allen? Note date has not yet happened ... but the Sheepshead Bay reference makes me think it may actually be him..
Subject: Woody Allen on Madoff
Tails of Manhattan
by Woody Allen March 30, 2009
Two weeks ago, Abe Moscowitz dropped dead of a heart attack and was reincarnated as a lobster. Trapped off the coast of Maine, he was shipped to Manhattan and dumped into a tank at a posh Upper East Side seafood restaurant. In the tank there were several other lobsters, one of whom recognized him. "Abe, is that you?" the creature asked, his antennae perking up.
"Who's that? Who's talking to me?" Moscowitz said, still dazed by the mystical slam-bang postmortem that had transmogrified him into a crustacean.
"It's me, Moe Silverman," the other lobster said.
"O.M.G.!" Moscowitz piped, recognizing the voice of an old gin-rummy colleague. "What's going on?"
"We're reborn," Moe explained. "As a couple of two-pounders."
[Rest of article here.]