TWIN CITIES JEWISH
HUMOR FESTIVAL

HumorFest 2020
January 25-February 1

Celebrating the Jewish contribution to the world of humor including stand up, performance, film, author talk, workshop, improv and an art exhibition!

PRE-FEST

JustKIDding Improv Class

A program of the St. Paul JCC Inclusion Department

TUESDAYS; JANUARY 14-MARCH 3
6-7:30 PM • ST. PAUL JCC

This is a great class for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities to have fun, make friends, laugh and play with modified physical activities. Participants are engaged in games, movement, physical expression and character development. Taught by veteran improviser and licensed classroom teacher Amy Stedman.
(Ages 14-26)

Registration: $175 members | $225 non members

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OPENING NIGHT

YidLife Crisis presents YidLive!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020
8 PM • ST. PAUL JCC

Join Jamie & Eli, the creators and stars of the award-winning Yiddish-ish web series YidLife Crisis – in the fleisch! The boychiks from Montreal present an evening of comedy, film and music reflecting their unique take on the modern Jewish experience. No knowledge of Yiddish required. Sense of humor requested.
(Ages 18+)

Tickets: $20 adv / $25 door

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This performance will be ASL-interpreted.

Teen Workshop:
Satire and Social Justice

SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020
1-3 PM • SABES JCC

Local satirist and host of Minnesota Tonight Jonathan Gershberg teaches how to write jokes on some of the most challenging issues of our time in the style of The Daily Show, Last Week Tonight and Patriot Act. Participants will practice writing jokes and outlining sketches while receiving individualized feedback.
(Ages 14-18)

Tickets: $12 adv / $15 door

A Night of Jewish Storytelling

MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020
7 PM • SABES JCC

An evening of true and colorful stories told by select members of the Twin Cities Jewish community, that mixes tender with hilarity. Curated and directed by Allison Broeren of Word Sprout Storytelling.
(Ages 16+)

Tickets: $12 adv / $15 door

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Writing Funny w/ Matt Goldman

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2020
7 PM • ST. PAUL JCC

Join Emmy winning television producer, writer and novelist Matt Goldman for an intimate conversation where he breaks down the process behind his success writing for shows like Seinfeld, Ellen and The New Adventures of Old Christine. TV enthusiasts, Seinfeld aficionados and literary lovers will enjoy this rare peak behind the curtain.
(Ages 16+)

Tickets: $12 adv / $15 door

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Alan Zweibel presents:
A Field Guide to the Jewish People

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2020
7 PM • SABES JCC

Acclaimed humorist and writer on the original cast of Saturday Night Live, Alan Zweibel presents his new book A Field Guide to the Jewish People. Co-written with comedians Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach, the authors dissect every holiday, rite of passage, and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have been plaguing the long-suffering Jewish people everywhere for centuries.
(Ages 16+)

Tickets: $12 adv / $15 door

Special Deal: $40 adv ticket & a signed copy of A Field Guide to the Jewish People. (Must purchase by 1/21)

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Rising Stars featuring
Emmy Blotnik and Jon Savitt

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 2020
7 PM • SABES JCC

Catch two of the rising stars of the comedy world before they fly off into the stratosphere.
(Ages 18+)

Emmy Blotnik
Emmy is a stand-up/actress/writer based in NY. She has appeared on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, where she was also a staff writer. Previously, she was head writer for the Comedy Central series THE PRESIDENT SHOW. She has been highlighted as one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch. Emmy can most recently be seen in her half hour stand-up special for Comedy Central.

Jon Savitt
Born and raised in Minneapolis, Jon Savitt is a comedian and writer with work featured in outlets including Funny or Die, College Humor, Washington Post, TIME, and more. He’s also a past contributor to the comedy series Good Mythical Morning and recently released a musical comedy album titled Jon Savitt Sings Bad Love Songs. Find him on Twitter @savittj.

Tickets: $18 adv / $22 door

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CLOSING NIGHT

Queer Night featuring
The El-Salomons

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020
8 PM • SABES JCC

The El-Salomons take the motto ‘make love not war’ very personally. Jess Salomon, a Jewish-Canadian comedian, and Eman El-Hussieni, a Palestinian-Canadian comedian who have each performed at dozens of festivals and appeared on several television shows, take the stage together since their marriage in 2016. While never shying away from their differences, the El-Salomon’s bring a fresh perspective hilariously demonstrating how love, and a good sense of humor, can triumph over animosity.
(Ages 18+)

Tickets: $20 adv / $25 door

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This performance will be ASL-interpreted.

POST-FEST

Borscht Belt Time Machine

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
7 PM • SABES JCC

Time travel back to the Borscht Belt!

The gallery becomes a time machine to the bygone era of Borscht Belt resort night life. Local Jewish comedians will read some of the best, sappiest routines from the pioneers of stand up, accented by a drummer playing rimshot sounds after each punchline. Virgin versions of period appropriate drinks, tacky snacks, and laughter will be served. Performed in the Sabes JCC Tychman-Shapiro Gallery exhibit The Last Resort by Robin Schwartzmann.

(Ages 16+)

Tickets: $12 adv / $15 door

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Related Event

Gallery Exhibit: The Last Resort

January 13th – February 20th
Sabes JCC Gallery & Saint Paul JCC Gallery

Last Resort is a series of new works by Robin Schwartzman inspired by the bygone era of the Borscht Belt. At its peak, the Catskills region in upstate New York had over 500 hotels that offered visitors fresh air, Kosher meals, nightly entertainment, swimming, dancing, golf, ice skating and more. This summer getaway might best be known for the many famous Jewish comedians whose careers began in its glitzy nightclubs and lounges. The sculptures and prints of Last Resort will playfully explore ideas of tourism, extravagance and humor through the distinct lens of Jewish American culture during this time in history.

We provide opportunities to people of all ages, abilities, races, backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations for inclusion in all programs.

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