It’s happening. For the fourth year in a row, Jews are bringing the funny to Minneapolis.
It’s the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival! Coming to a Sabes JCC near you, January 12- 26.
They’ve got it all; one-act plays, one-person shows, music performance, stand-up and improvisational comedy, story-telling, film, visual art, workshops, and more! As we said last year, it’s like the Fringe Fest. But with a lot more Oy Veys.
TC Jewfolk is a sponsor, so take our word for it, this is going to be great. We’ll be on hand for the Saturday shows selling our now famous “Ya, sure… Jew Betcha” t-shirts (pictured here), so we better see you there. You have three chances!
Ticket packages come in four varieties
The single ticket kind: $12 for most shows.
The five-pack kind: $50 for the general public.
The all-festival kind: $90 for the general public (Up to $15 off!)
Or the FREE kind! TC Jewfolk is giving away two tickets to Opening Night!
But before we tell you how to win, here are our picks for the coolest shows in this year’s lineup for the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival!
1. Opening Night: Matzoh Balls & Meatballs – Stand-Up from Linda Belt and Greg Vaccariello – Jan. 12th. This is what it’s all about. The main event, the opening night. Linda Belt is a New Jersey native (a comedy routine in itself). She moved to CT in 1987 where she became a suburban pillar of the community attending PTO meetings and baseball games. Her humor touches on the absurdities of modern life and explores marriage, sex, parenting and social mores, in other words: any subject she feels like discussing!
Drawing on his personal life and his unique point of view, Greg Vaccariello has been sharing comedic stories across the country ever since third grade. Greg has also appeared on such hit TV shows as ED, Law and Order (SVU and Criminal Intent), The King of Queens and Hope and Faith. Ticket includes a post-show opening night party in the JCC lobby catered by CRAVE!
2. The Yankles – Jan. 17th & 18th. It’s a movie about a troubled alcoholic former baseball player doing court-ordered community service by coaching an Orthodox yeshiva’s amateur baseball team. It’s bound to be completely like and unlike every sports movie ever made. The trailer actually makes it look pretty good!
3. Unofficial Ladies Night – With Dana Goldberg and Joy Veh – Jan 19th. Raised by a wild pack of Jews, otherwise known as her mother and siblings, Dana Goldberg is a force of nature on stage. She sets the standard for smart comedy, and her timing and tongue-in-cheek edginess is why she continues to collect loyal fans in cities all over the world. Goldberg’s quick wit and playful stage presence is spreading like wildfire! CURVE Magazine raves, “She’s smart, cute, and seriously funny!”
Friend of the blog, Joy Veh, a self-proclaimed matchmaker and mensch, is here to dish about all things love. A Long Island native (and international woman of love), Joy was last seen at Puerto Vallarta’s Palm Cabaret, as well as Minneapolis’ Bryant Lake Bowl and Uptown VFW. Joy’s mission in life is to set up every single guy and gal in the world.
Check out Dana Goldberg below:
4. Closing Night: Stuff I Can’t Use In Sermons – with Rabbi Sim Glazer, featuring Laura Thorne – Jan. 25. Back by popular demand after selling out 280 seats in last year’s festival, Rabbi Sim Glaser is thrilled to share more of his wicked sense of humor with us all. Rabbi Glaser joined Minneapolis’ Temple Israel clergy team in 1999, and has been sharing his knowledge of Torah, Kabbalah, and Israeli culture, his passion for social justice, and his fantastic music and storytelling talents with us ever since.
Laura Thorne is a Minneapolis based comedian who performs across the Midwest at clubs, corporate events and fundraisers. Her comedy has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Rochester Post Bulletin. She is thrilled to be performing in the Jewish Humor Festival for the third year in a row.
And we’re barely scratching the surface! Check out the full line up on the Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival’s website!
How can you go to Opening Night for FREE?
Tell us your favorite “Knock knock” joke in the comments below (or on our Facebook page). You have until 5pm on Thursday.
Good luck, and may the funniest person win!*
See you at the Humor Fest!
*Winner drawn at random