TWIN CITIES JEWISH
HUMOR FESTIVAL

JANUARY 20 – JANUARY 28, 2018

Featuring stand-up comedy, theater, film, visual art and workshops,
all celebrating the Jewish contribution to the world of humor.

 

Saturday, January 20 at 7:30 pm

COMEDIAN ADAM GRABOWSKI WITH SPECIAL GUEST
CHUCK GOLLOP

Winner of 2017 APCA Comic of the Year, Adam Grabowski has been ranked the #1 College Comedian for a record-breaking, four times in a row! After headlining in 47 states, Adam was featured on America’s Got Talent and named the “funniest one” by Simon Cowell. Adam’s interactive, ever-evolving progressive form of stand-up comedy has been showcased in hundreds of clubs across the country. Adam is the founder of the #SAYITANYWAY campaign for depression and anxiety awareness.

Chuck Gollop was a policeman for 21 years, which would seem like a strange path to becoming a comedian. It’s not. Some of his funniest stories come from his work! Chuck has performed at clubs all across the country, including the World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas.
Recommended for 16+.

$15 ADVANCE; $18 SAME DAY
Ticket includes pre-show celebration with food and drink
in the JCC lobby at 6:30 pm.

Co-presented by JFCS NextGen

Sunday, January 21 at 2 pm

FILM: THE LAST LAUGH

The Holocaust would seem to be an absolutely off-limits topic for comedy. But is it? History shows that even victims of Nazi concentration camps used humor as a means of survival and resistance. Still, any use of comedy in connection with this horror risks diminishing the suffering of millions. So where is the line? If the Holocaust is taboo, what are the implications for other controversial subjects — 9/11, AIDS, racism — in a society that prizes freedom of speech? The Last Laugh offers fresh insights into these questions, featuring interviews with such influential comedians and thinkers as Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Larry Charles and more. The film also includes rare archival footage of cabarets inside the concentration camps themselves, as well as clips of many of our most popular contemporary talents.

Directed by Ferne Pearlstein | USA, 2017 | English | 88 Minutes | Documentary/Biography/Comedy

$10 ADVANCE; $12 SAME DAY

Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 pm

Books and Brewhaha presents:
DIASPORA BOY: COMICS ON CRISIS IN AMERICA AND ISRAEL WITH WRITER AND ARTIST, ELI VALLEY
Special Warm-Up by The Chosen Few

An evening with writer/artist Eli Valley and his first full-scale anthology, Diaspora Boy, provides an essential retrospective of America and Israel at a turning point. Valley’s work has been featured in The Nation, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The Nib, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Gawker and elsewhere. His art has been labeled “ferociously repugnant” by Commentary and “hilarious” by The Comics Journal. With meticulously detailed line work and a rich satirical palette peppered with perseverating turtles, xenophobic Jedi knights, sputtering superheroes, mutating golems and zombie billionaires, Diaspora Boy unmasks the hypocrisy and horror behind the headlines. Book sale and signing to follow.

Warming up the crowd for this fun event will be none other than returning favorites and local Jewish improv troupe, The Chosen Few.

$12 ADVANCE; $14 SAME DAY
Ticket includes a token for a free beer!

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Thursday, January 25 at 7:30 pm

COMEDIAN GINA GOLD
WITH WENDY BERKOWITZ

Gina Gold is an African American, Jewish humorist, filmmaker and stage artist. She grew up in a New York neighborhood thinking “oy vey” was something all black people said. After telling a story called Hands Up on NPR’s radio show Snap Judgment, Gina fell in love with storytelling and started producing her own series, TMI (Too Much Information) featuring a rotating cast of storytellers that gives an unadulterated, often hardcore look at life.

Local comedian Wendy Berkowitz has performed at House of Comedy, OUTLoud, Sisyphus Comedy Club, Comedy Corner Underground, The Joke Joint (Funniest Person in Minnesota 2016 finalist), and at the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, MA.
Recommended for 18+ (language/content).

$12 ADVANCE; $14 SAME DAY

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Saturday, January 27 at 7:30pm

JESS SALOMON & DEANNE SMITH
Hosted by Emily Saltzman of JPRIDE

Jess Salomon is a Jewish lesbian, former UN war crimes lawyer, turned stand-up comic. The Montreal Metro has called her comedy “charming and intelligent.” Jess’s festival credits include Just for Laugh’s OFFJFL and ZOOFEST, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, The Laughing Skull Festival, The Boston Comedy Festival, The Cape Fear Comedy Festival, Odd Block, and The Ice Breakers Festival. Her writing has appeared in VICE and The Beaverton and her stand-up has been featured on SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs and CBC’s Laugh out Loud.

DeAnne Smith is also a lesbian, but is not Jewish. She performs all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Montreal and Just for Laughs Chicago to name a few. She’s been on TV in four countries, including NBC’s Last Comic Standing, CBS’s The Late Late Show, Canada’s The Comedy Network and CBC, Australia’s Channel 10 and ABC, and UK’s Sky TV.
Recommended for 18+ (language/content).

$15 ADVANCE; $18 SAME DAY
Ticket includes pre-show celebration with food and drink
in the JCC lobby at 6:30 pm. Sponsored in part by JPRIDE.

This Event is SOLD OUT.

Sunday, January 28; 1 – 3 pm

WORKSHOP:
ARTrageous MAD LIB COLLAGES

This wacky workshop for kids and families is full of nothing but fun! First, ARTrageous Adventures owner, Amanda Vallone will guide families on a mad-lib, storytelling adventure, and then the fun and interactive story that is created by the group will inform the visual art workshop to follow! Families will collaborate on an artistic collage combining animal and human characteristics. Feel free to bring photos of your pets or family members to personalize your art!
Recommended for children 5 and older, but all are welcome. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

$5 per person (includes supplies); children 4 and under are FREE.

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January 4 – 28, 2018
Reception, Jan 28, 3 – 5 pm

GALLERY EXHIBIT:
Picture This: Encountering Humor

Humor can be experienced in many ways. This clever exhibit features fun, funny and witty photographs by Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School 7th and 8th grade photography students, art instructor Victoria Thor and local artist Debra Fisher Goldstein.

Victoria Thor is in her 18th year teaching art at HMJDS. In the past few years she has returned to photography and is currently exploring printmaking.

Debra Fisher Goldstein, photographer and writer, captures the little moments at big events, specializing in the community gatherings of philanthropic, arts, and civic organizations. Her two annual projects include the Minnesota State Fair and the Great Pyrenees National Dog Show. Debra’s work is guided by her belief that the shortest distance between two people is a shared moment.

NEW DATE!

Monday, February 26 at 7:30 pm

Really Spicy Opera presents:
A PICKLE
By Deborah Yarchun Performed by Angela Timberman

A hit of the 2017 MN Fringe Festival, A Pickle is a one-woman show about pickles, ignorance, prejudice and the Minnesota State Fair. The Fair rejects Doris’ traditional kosher pickles, claiming that they “look” spoiled. Something funky’s going on and she’s going to raise hell about it! A true story, this darkly comedic play looks at pickle prejudice.
Recommended for 12+.

$12 ADVANCE; $14 SAME DAY

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