twin cities jewish Humor Festival

January 17 - January 31, 2015

The Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival, is gearing up for its 6th year! The Humor Festival combines one-act plays, one-person shows, music performance, stand-up and improvisational comedy, story-telling, film, visual art, workshops, and so much more - all in celebration of the Jewish contribution to the world of humor!

This year's festival will take place the Sabes JCC (4330 S. Cedar Lake Road Minneapolis, MN 55416) and the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Avenue St. Paul MN, 55116

Please consider becoming a sponsor of this great event next year! We would be please to customize a sponsorship program to suit your personal, corporate or not-for-profit objectives.

For more information contact Claire Avitabile at cavitabile@sabesjcc.org or 952.381.3447.


Opening Night:COMEDIAN CORY KAHANEY

with Special Guest Jan Slavin

Saturday, January 17 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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Cory Kahaney is every woman - mother, daughter, wife…ex-wife! She has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and many episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher. She was featured in the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing, making it to the finale, where host Jay Mohr called her performance “flawless.”

Jan Slavin is a Chicago-based cabaret artist, writer and comic who has played to sold-out audiences in clubs and theaters throughout the Windy City..

Recommended for 18+ (language/content)

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $18 Same Day
$15 Advance

Ticket includes Opening Night Pre-Show Celebration with food and drinks at 6:30pm in the JCC Lobby.


DRAWING WITH OBJECTS WORKSHOP

All Ages

Sunday, January 18 from 1-3pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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Israeli illustrator Hanoch Piven teaches children and adults to experience the world visually in a new and exciting way, without judgment or fear of “doing it right”. Families are encouraged to take this workshop together!

Children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult also registered for the workshop. Fee includes all supplies.

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $10 Per Participant

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SEEING FACES:
A Lecture With Hanoch Piven

Sunday, January 18 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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The colorful and witty illustrations of Israeli illustrator Hanoch Piven have appeared throughout the last 20 years on both sides of the Atlantic in magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and The London Times. Last December, Piven presented “Living in a Playful Collage” on TEDx Jerusalem. His art is about communicating through fun and playfulness by reinventing the meaning of regular objects, and by inviting viewer active participation. In this multi-media presentation, Piven will demonstrate how intuition, right brain thinking, serendipity, trial and error and above all, a healthy amount of fun and humor, can trigger our creativity.

Presented in partnership with The Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Piven’s illustrations will also be on display in the Shared Walls Hallway Exhibition Area at the Sabes JCC, December 14 through January 31.

Recommended for ages 18+ (language/content)

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $12 Advance
$14 Same Day

Ticket includes light refreshments during the presentation.


AN EVENING WITH ANNABELLE GURWITCH

Thursday, January 22 at 730pm
LOCATION: ST. PAUL JCC
Presented as part of the Twin Cities Jewish Book Series

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A Jewish mother, a passionate environmentalist, and a reluctant atheist, Annabelle Gurwitch gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting the cult favorite, Dinner & A Movie on TBS and in her years as a regular commentator on NPR. Actress, activist, and New York Times Bestselling author, she has guest starred in over 50 TV series, and her essays and satire have appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, The LA Times, Huffington Post, and in three humor anthologies. Her most recent book is I See You Made An Effort: Compliments, Indignities and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50.

Recommended for ages 16+

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events

$12 Advance
$14 Same Day

Event will be followed by a book sale, signing, and light dessert reception with Annabelle Gurwitch.


LADIES NIGHT WITH DANA EAGLE
AND LISA GEDULDIG

Hosted by Shana Cohen from J-PRIDE

Saturday, January 24 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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LA-based, Jewish lesbian comedian, Dana Eagle, began her career in musical theater but quickly was asked to leave. She has appeared on Last Comic Standing, The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, and Comics Unleashed, where she became a contributing writer. She is a frequent opener for Bill Maher and has taken several trips overseas to perform for the troops in Iraq.

Lisa Geduldig is a New Yorkbred, San Francisco-based Jewish lesbian comedian. Her style of comedy is charming, intelligent, and somewhat deadpan. She is also a bilingual publicist (Spanish- English) and a budding filmmaker.

Ladies Night is presented in partnership with J-PRIDE.

Recommended for 18+ (language/content)

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $12 Advance
$14 Same Day

Ticket includes Pre-Show Celebration with food and drinks at 6:30pm in the JCC lobby.


LAUGHTER YOGA WORKSHOP
WITH ESTHER OURAY

Sunday, January 25 from 11:30am - 1pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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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. Let go of your inhibitions and discover what laughter can do for you and everyone else in your life. As an old Yiddish proverb says, “What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”

Esther Ouray is a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and leader. When she is not laughing, she is a performing and teaching artist, as well as a registered yoga teacher and certified massage therapist. She was the leader of the Powderhahahorn Laughter Yoga Club and has led laughter yoga for seniors, children and people with disabilities.

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $12 Advance
$14 Same Day

Fee includes light refreshments following the workshop.


FUNNY BONES: THE COMEDY OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN

Sunday, January 25 at 2:00pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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Come celebrate 100 years of "The Little Tramp" with Dan Kamin, the physical theatre guru who trained Robert Downey Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance as Chaplin, and who created Johnny Depp’s moves for Benny and Joon. This one-of-akind event takes audiences on a magical excursion into Chaplin's enchanted comic world through film clips and live performance, with accompaniment from MN-based Zachary Scot Johnson. There’s lots of fun audience participation, and the program is one that kids will enjoy as much as adults. Recommended for All Ages!

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $10 Advance
$12 Same Day
Free for children 10 and under


COMEDIAN AARON FRIEDMAN

with Special Guests The Chosen Few

Monday, January 26 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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Aaron Friedman is an award-winning stand-up comedian and half the Torah Comedy duo "The Bible Players." Winner of The Jewish Week's "Funniest Jew in NY" Contest and graduate of JTS/Columbia, Aaron has entertained Jewish crowds of all ages at synagogues, college Hillels and Jewish summer camps all over the country. He lives with his Rabbi-wife in Long Island, NY. Kicking off the night are returning favorites and local “Jew-ish” improv troupe, The Chosen Few. Presented in partnership with the Northstar Region BBYO.

Recommended for teens and adults.

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $10 Advance
$12 Same Day


QUALITY BALLS:
THE DAVID STEINBERG STORY – FILM

Thursday, January 29 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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Americans have long depended on Canada for three things: oil, maple syrup and comedians. David Steinberg counts among Canada's biggest comedic exports. Born in Winnipeg, he attended Yeshiva in Chicago, abandoning his studies to join the legendary Second City. He never looked back. QUALITY BALLS features priceless archival footage of Steinberg’s performances, including The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the standup shows that put him in the ranks of George Carlin and Richard Pryor. At times too controversial for US networks, his religious sermonettes generated more hate mail for CBS than any network had ever received, resulting in the cancellation of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. His directing credits include Seinfeld, Mad About You, Golden Girls and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Steinberg’s incredible career influenced a generation and now, after 25 years, he returns to the stage in this exceptional film biography. Recommended for teens and adults (some language).

Directed by Barry Avrich; 2013, US; 80 minutes; English

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $10 Advance
$12 Same Day



Closing Night:COMEDIAN SAMSON KOLETKAR

with Special Guest Rabbi Sim Glaser

Saturday, January 31 at 7:30pm
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

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Samson Koletkar was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. He fulfilled his parent's dreams by earning a Master’s in Computer Software, but upon moving to San Francisco for work, fell in love with stand-up comedy. As a first generation immigrant in America, Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a global perspective. He has performed all over the world and has been featured on Asian Jewish Life, Indian Express, NBC Bay Area, CBS and NPR.
Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival veteran and Temple Israel’s Rabbi Sim Glaser, kicks off the evening!

Recommended for teens and adults.

Purchase tickets for Sabes JCC Events $12 Advance
$14 Same Day

Ticket includes Pre-Show Closing Night Celebration with food and drinks at 6:30pm in the JCC Lobby.