Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival

The Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival is thrilled to announce the 10th anniversary season! A partnership of the Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC, this year’s festival will feature stand-up comedy, a family friendly workshop and gallery exhibition. An eclectic group of presenters will feature both local and national talent – including NPR’s Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg with Elise Cole, an evening with Simpsons show runner and writer Mike Reiss, Scott Blakeman with guest Mike Vogel, Julie Goldman and Riley Silverman, a super hero self-portrait workshop, plus art exhibitions featuring a variety of works by dynamic duo Frank & Pamela Gaard.

“It’s been so exciting to bring humor to the Twin Cities every year for 10 years!” said Robyn Awend, JCC Twin Cities Jewish Cultural Arts Director. “There is nothing better than a good hearty laugh in the middle of a Minnesota winter and we know this year’s Fest will do just that.”

Festival events will take place at the St. Paul and Sabes JCCs. Tickets range from $12-$18.

For tickets, visit www.sabesjcc.org or call 1-800-838-3006.

2019 SCHEDULE
Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 pm
COMEDIAN OPHIRA EISENBERG WITH SPECIAL GUEST ELISE COLE
Location: St. Paul JCC

A comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another, Ophira has appeared on HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show, The Today Show, The Nightly Show, Comedy Central and VH-1. Selected as one of New York Magazine’s “Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny”, and featured in the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor, Ophira’s debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film with Zucker Productions. She is also a regular host and storyteller with The Moth, her stories being part of their award winning radio show, podcast and NYT best-selling book. Her comedy special Inside Joke was released by New Wave Entertainment and available on Amazon and iTunes.

Elise Cole is an Iranian-Jewish comedian from Minnesota, and 2018 co-producer of the Minneapolis based show, People of Comedy. Recommended for 18+.

$18 ADVANCE; $20 SAME DAY
Ticket includes pre-show candy and popcorn bar in the JCC lobby at 6:30 pm.

Monday, January 21 at 7:30 pm
“The Simpsons & Other Jewish Families”
AN EVENING WITH MIKE REISS
Location: St. Paul JCC

Mike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his twenty-eight years writing for The Simpsons. He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history.” In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. Reiss has written nineteen children’s books, as well as Springfield Confidential, a best-selling memoir of his three decades at The Simpsons.

Reiss has written jokes for such comedy legends as Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling… and Pope Francis! For his comedic contributions to the charitable group Joke with the Pope, in 2015 Pope Francis declared Reiss “A Missionary of Joy”. Recommended for 12+.

$12 ADVANCE; $15 SAME DAY

Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 pm
COMEDIAN SCOTT BLAKEMAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST MIKE VOGEL
Location: Sabes JCC

A nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn, Scott has performed his contemporary Jewish comedy around the world, including the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, as well as many colleges, theaters, clubs, Temples and JCCs. Scott has performed three times at San Francisco’s renowned Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, is an original member of the New York political comedy show, Laughing Liberally, and was the resident comedian on MSNBC’s live coverage of the White House Correspondents Dinner five times.

Twin Cities comedian, licensed attorney and father of three, Mike Vogel returns to our Humor Fest for the 3rd time. He started doing comedy in 2008, while in law school, and never wanted to stop, even while he was studying for the Bar Exam!
Recommended for 16+.

$12 ADVANCE; $15 SAME DAY

Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 pm
COMEDIAN JULIE GOLDMAN WITH SPECIAL GUEST RILEY SILVERMAN
Hosted by Jayce Koester of JPRIDE
Location: Sabes JCC

Back by popular demand after selling out in the 2011 Jewish Humor Fest – Julie Goldman’s stand-up is delightfully in-your-face, honest and aggressively funny. Featured on HBO and headlining throughout the US at clubs, colleges, festivals and events, she’s been described as “unapologetically un-PC “ by Go Magazine, and “a hilariously irreverent, butch lesbian” by AfterEllen. Julie has been seen on everything from Bravo’s The People’s Couch, co-hosting the Vanderpump Rules After Show, and on LOGO’s Big Gay Sketch Show. You can enjoy a little Julie with your politics on the hit podcast Dumb Gay Politics with Julie & Brandy.

Highlighted by VICE for her “wry observational comedy, radical openness and casually inviting demeanor,” Riley Silverman has been seen on Take My Wife, Comedy Central’s Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, and multiple appearances headlining Portland Queer Comedy Festival and the All Jane Comedy Festival. Her debut comedy album, Intimate Apparel, was a #1 best seller. Riley was listed as one of “100 Queer Women We Love” by GO Magazine, and “10 Women Comedians Who Smash the Patriarchy” by The Culture Trip. Recommended for 18+.

$18 ADVANCE; $20 SAME DAY
Ticket includes pre-show celebration with food & drink in the JCC lobby at 6:30 pm.
Sponsored in part by JPRIDE. –

FOR FAMILIES
ARTrageous COMIC SUPERHERO SELF-PORTRAIT
Sunday, January 27 • 1 – 3 pm
Location: Sabes JCC & St. Paul JCC

In this workshop, family members can come up with their own Superhero persona, including “funny” superhero traits, and design their own mask, emblem and wrist cuffs. We will take photos of each pARTicipant on-site so they can draw their own portrait to display next to their photo. Each pARTicipant will also make up their Superhero Comic to complete the project!

Recommended for children 5 & older, but all are welcome. Children 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult.

$5 PER PERSON (includes supplies); Children 4 and under are free.
Register at sabesjcc.org.

ART EXHIBITION
January 3 – 27
Location: Sabes JCC & St. Paul JCC
Artists Reception: January 27 from 3 to 5 pm at Sabes JCC

This exhibit features a wide variety of works by dynamic duo Frank & Pamela Gaard. Their vibrant paintings explore humor in both subtle and obvious ways through portraits, figures and everyday life. Franks pictures are cartoon-like depictions of life, usually in fluorescent colors. Pamela’s abstract and language-based works explore time, memory and healing, and are meditations on everyday life — mnemonic “prayers” of emotion, experience and events often quite private in nature.

“Our collaboration allows us to bounce ideas back and forth, and in this exhibition you will see that occasionally authorship is blurred a bit – but seamless, creating a fluidity which is ours, and unique to us as a couple. While we don’t always agree, we can both often find humor, even in

FREE and open to the public

Details

Date:
January 23
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Website:
www.sabesjcc.org

Organizers

Sabes JCC
St. Paul JCC

Venue

Sabes JCC
4330 S. Cedar Lake Road,
St. Louis Park, MN United States
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Phone:
952-381-3400