It’s that time of year again! The time when you pee your pants laughing at the best the Twin Cities’ Jewish comedians (and comediennes) have to offer, plus the jokes of a stellar bunch of national acts that make you wish you watched more Comedy Central….
It’s the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival! Year 3!
And it’s coming up soon – January 14 – 28 at the Sabes JCC Minneapolis.
They’ve got it all. Stand up, one-person shows, improv, storytelling, film… even magic tricks. Like the Fringe Fest. But Jewy-ier. (And yes, if Jewy-ier is a word, I think this is how it should be spelled.)
And TC Jewfolk is a sponsor, so you know it’s going to be awesome. And we’re selling our kick ass new “Ya, sure… Jew Betcha” t-shirts (pictured here) for just $3 on the three Saturday nights of the Humor Fest – Jan. 14, 21 and 28. So you at least have to check out the Festival on one of those nights, so you can start sporting the coolest new shirt in the Twin Cities.
Buy tickets to individual shows (most are under $15), or save a few bucks by buying an All Festival pass (save $15) or Five Show pass (save $13 on 5 events). Or….
wait for it…
wait for it….
Win one of the TWO PAIRS of FREE TICKETS that we’re giving away to Opening Night of the Jewish Humor Festival!
[FREE TICKETS NO LONGER AVAILABLE]
Because we love you. And we haven’t given you enough Hanukkah gifts yet this week.
And yeah, your tix to Opening Night get you access to a sweet post-show party with the comedians as well – it just keeps on getting better.
So before we tell you how to win the tickets, here are TC Jewfolk’s picks for the coolest shows in this year’s lineup for the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival!
1. Opening Night with Julie Goldman (plus Laura Thorne)– Jan. 14th. Um… Duh. The main act? Julie Goldman (named “Kick-Ass Comedian” by the NY Press), star of three seasons of LOGO’s Big Gay Sketch Show and winner of the 2008 NEWNOWNEXT Brink of Fame Comic Award, and the 2007 MAC Award for Best Headlining Comedian in NYC. You’ve seen her on Comedy Central and Lewis Black’s Root of all Evil and on Broadway in Laughing Liberally. And her opener is not too shabby neither. The fabulous local hit Laura Thorne, a rising star most recently seen at Jewbilee. You also get admission to the Opening Night party at Cooper’s Pub with your tickets, after the show.
2. Dave Goldstein – Jan. 21st. He’s done it all, from performing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien to stand-up on The Comedy Network, to performing for our troops on a comedy tour of U.S. Army bases in Europe. And his opener? Dylan Fresco, who created two hit solo shows for the Minnesota Fringe Festival: The Anton Kissbougel Technique, a mockumentary take on your typical yoga class (which he workshopped at the 2010 Humor Fest), and last year’s sold-out Domino’s Pizza Saved My Life, which explores the personal in the global through story and song.
3. Amy Salloway – Jan. 22 & 23 – need we say more? Seriously, friend this woman on Facebook and you’ll be cracking up checking your blackberry between meetings. Amy is performing her new show, Circumference, and I have to defer to her to describe it because her description is perfect. “Amy is FAT as hell, and she’s not gonna take it anymore! But when her radical, desperate, last-ditch plan to nab herself a socially acceptable body backfires, how will she live with the reality that remains? Can an internal and external self ever reconcile after years of bitter divorce?” Yeah. Makes me want to see it too. That, and that the Pioneer Press called it “A MUST-SEE: poignant, sensitive and hysterically funny.” (Here’s an excerpt from Amy’s show)
4. David Harris and David Harris – Jan. 25. Okay, my head is spinning. TWO David Harrises. ONE night. That’s enough to make me want to show up and see what happens. Oh yeah, that and the fact that David J. Harris is a standup comedian and magician from Minneapolis, MN who has appeared to rave reviews on Minnesota’s ABC, CBS, & FOX TV and won two regional Emmy’s for sketch comedy TV. David M. Harris has performed as a standup comedian, vaudeville entertainer, comic acrobat, and modern dancer. And they’re performing with Jew-ish improv-comedy troupe, The Chosen Few. Sweet!
5. Rachel Feinstein plus Phoebe Bottoms – Jan. 28. Closing Night and the Fest is going out with a big one. Rachel was a finalist on Season 7 of Last Comic Standing, and has been featured on Russell Simmon’s Presents, Live at the El Ray, TBS’s Just For Laughs series and Comics Unleashed, and has her own half hour special, Comedy Central Presents Rachel Feinstein. Um… hells yeah. Closing Night Reception to follow. (PS – this video rocks. Laughed out.loud.)
6. And in case you want to laugh and stretch at the same time. Check out the Laugh Yoga Workshop with Sarah Routman (full disclosure – Sarah is on the Board of TC Jewfolk’s parent org, Jewfolk Media, and she writes for TCJewfolk.com). She’s also funny, warm, and has been a Laughter Yoga instructor since 2008. Started in India, laughter yoga is now practiced in 53 countries, including the United States, and anyone can do the simple exercises (stretching, breathing and laughing). No need to be flexible, wear special clothing, or know anything about downward dogs, upright rhinos or uptight colleagues.
Damn! And I swear, that’s not even half of it! Check out the full line up on the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival’s website!
So you want to go to Opening Night for FREE?
Yeah, we thought so. Answer this question in the comment below before midnight on Thursday, December 29th for your chance to win. We’ll even throw in a free rockin’ TC Jewfolk “Ya, sure… Jew Betcha” t-shirt for the two winners.
What’s the funniest thing about you?
There’s no correct answer – we’re drawing the winner randomly. Two winners this time folks, and you each get a PAIR of tickets to opening night with Julie Goldman.
Good luck! May the funniest person win!
See you at the Humor Fest!