From the Book of Life to the Book of Lewis: Richard Lewis Returns to Philadelphia

This article is a sequel to a piece written by the author for The Philadelphia Jewish Voice in 2016.

After we have so recently been inscribed in the Book of Life during the High Holidays, some choice laughs are definitely in order. Fortunately, for the Philadelphia Jewish community, Richard Lewis is returning to Philadelphia, to perform his comedy, October 19 – 21, at the Helium Comedy Club. [Read more…]

“Curvy Widow”: An Off-Broadway Toast to New Beginnings

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Actress Nancy Opel (left) and playwright Bobby Goldman (right). Photo: Matthew Murphy.

“It’s all about self-reliance and not depending on anyone else,” said playwright Bobby Goldman, of her new Off-Broadway musical comedy, Curvy Widow, now playing at the Westside Theatre in New York City. An autobiographical memoir adapted for the stage by Goldman, “Curvy Widow” is an 85-minute show that peeks inside the life of a new widow as she throws herself into the internet dating scene. It is a raw and honest portrait of a feisty woman who has to reinvent herself after the loss of her husband of 30 years. [Read more…]

What Kinds of Jewish Jokes Are Okay to Laugh At?

Two old guys sharing a New York apartment panic about their rent going up and host a show centered around comedians and a tuna sandwich inside a deli. Ever read a sentence more Jewish? Oh, Hello, a Broadway show featuring this plot, just made it to Netflix. Watching it from a Jewish lens, I struggled between discomfort and uncontrollable laughter. [Read more…]

Moo Shu Jew Show

Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at the 8th annual Moo Shu Jew Show. Enjoy the perfect December 24th duo of Jewish comedy and Chinese food. Start the evening with a delicious multi-course dinner in the heart of Chinatown.

Then, get ready to laugh! Co-produced with late night TV favorite Cory Kahaney, this year’s comedic lineup features Julie Goldman (“The People’s Couch”), Josh Gondelman (“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”) and Avi Liberman (“The Late Late Show”). To see what you can expect from these talented comedians, check out these clips of Julie, Josh and Avi.

Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door, if any remain.

This show will sell out, so get your tickets here now! Registration is required.

Food is not kosher; vegetarian options are available. Table seating is assigned on a first purchased, first served basis, at tables for 10. When purchasing tickets, please include the names of fellow attendees with whom you prefer to sit, and we will do our best to accommodate all such requests.

PJFF Film: “The Last Laugh”

Can humor be found in the darkest of places? For comedians, the Holocaust has often been considered a taboo subject, a no man’s land for jokes — a place you don’t want to go as an entertainer. In “The Last Laugh,” a filmmaker sets out to challenge this assumption and find out if joking about the Holocaust and other human atrocities is ever acceptable.

Juxtaposing clips from films, performances and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Susie Essman, Judy Gold, Abraham Foxman and Shalom Auslander) with an intimate profile of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone (as well as other survivors), director Ferne Pearlstein weaves together a poignant and in-depth exploration into what is and is not off-limits in comedy.

A powerful documentary about a controversial subject, “The Last Laugh” in no way undermines the horrors of the Holocaust, yet it still succeeds in putting a smile on your face. After all, what can be more heartening than witnessing the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of tragedy?

This film was an official selection of the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Special Event: The film is followed by panel discussion and reception. The guest speakers are the film’s director, Ferne Pearlstein; Paul Lewis, author and professor of English at Boston College; and Elliot Ratzman (moderator), visiting assistant professor in the Department of Religion at Swarthmore College. There has also been an exciting last-minute addition to this list of special guests: the Emmy Award-winning comic Judy Gold.

Buy tickets here.

Capitol Steps Performance

Two days before the election, join us for a night of hilarious musical political satire as The Capitol Steps, a Washington DC-based comedy troupe that began as a group of Senate Staffers, presents songs from their current album, “What to Expect When You’re Electing.” Just like this election, their show is constantly changing, strenuously bi-partisan, and includes songs like, “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Crimea,” “Ain’t No Pipeline, Now It’s Gone,” and “The iMpossible iWatch.”

If you’ve ever wanted to see Hillary Clinton sing a show tune, Donald Trump sing a rock song, and Chris Christie do classical ballet, this might just be the show for you!

 

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“Israeli Rock Godfather” Arik Einstein Dies at 74


“You Can’t (Leave Me)” by Arik Einstein’s band, the “High Windows.”

— by Amir Shoam

The iconic Israeli folk singer and comedian Arik Einstein passed away suddenly at the age of 74.

Einstein introduced entire genres, including rock, to Israeli music. Imagining Israeli music without him is like imagining the NBA without Michael Jordan. He will be missed.

More praise for this Israel entertainment legend and videos of his music and comedy follow the jump.

Parody of Israeli immigration

Shawn Evenhaim, Chairman of the Israeli-American Council commented,

We are sad to hear about Arik Einstein’s death and send our condolences to his family, friends, fans, and to all Israelis. Einstein is an Israeli cultural legend and probably the greatest Israeli singer of all time, and we’re sure that every Israeli who lives in the U.S. today shares in the sadness of his passing. A major icon of Israeli culture has left us, but his memory and songs will stay with us forever.

International Bible Quiz parody

Song on Soviet invasion of Prague

Thanksgivukkah: The “Movie”

What happens when Thanksgiving and Hanukkah become one monster holiday?

The parody tallier for “Thanksgivukkah: The Movie” was written by Yisrael Campbell, Gary Rudoren and Daniel Smith, and produced by Shoot East.

Campbell also stars in the video alongside Amihal Hazony, Sharon Katz, Deb Kaye, Aharon Naiman and Marni Schamroth.

A calmer parody video after the jump.

This video, produced by Shmideo, jokingly claims to be a “definitive source on the origins of Thanksgivukkah, as told by the pilgrims themselves.”