JANUARY 19 – JANUARY 27, 2019

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


Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 pm
St. Paul JCC

with special guest Elise Cole

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s Ask Me Another. She 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 16+.

Ticket includes pre-show candy & popcorn bar in the St. Paul JCC lobby at 630pm.

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Monday, January 21 at 7:30 pm
St. Paul JCC

An Evening with Mike Reiss

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”.


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Thursday, January 24 at 7:30 pm
Sabes JCC

With Special Guest Mike Vogel

Scott Blakeman is a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn who 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 3, 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.


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Saturday, January 26 at 7:30 pm
Sabes JCC

With Special Guest Riley Silverman
Hosted by Jayce Koester of JPRIDE

Back by popular demand after selling out weeks early in the 2011 Jewish Humor Fest in 2011 – Julie Goldman’s stand-up is delightfully in-your-face, honest and aggressively funny. Headlining throughout the US at clubs, colleges, festivals and events; she’s been described as “unapologetically un-PC ” by Go Magazine, “a hilariously irreverent, butch lesbian” by AfterEllen, and Autostraddle writes, “watching someone be outraged has never been so fun.” 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 and make sure to check out her guest-starring role on the season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm!

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 on Amazon. Riley is the head writer for the International Waters comedy panel show podcast, was a body diversity model for the fashion brand ModCloth, and 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+ (language/content).

Ticket includes pre-show celebration with food and drink in the JCC lobby at 630pm.

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Sunday, January 27 from 1-3pm
Sabes JCC

Presented by ARTRageous Adventures

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 and older, but all are welcome. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Fee includes supplies.


January 3-27, 2019
Reception, Jan 27, 3 – 5 pm

Pamela & Frank Gaard – A Conversation Between Artists

Frank and Pamela Gaard are pivotal figures in the Minnesota arts scene. Franks pictures are cartoon-like depictions of life, usually in fluorescent colors. “I was trained intellectually to think of the painting as an object that I’m designing using colors and forms, but by adding the element of caricature to the image, I was playing that middle ground of abstraction. The figure is abstracted but it is still recognizable as a figure. I think that the element of abstraction in my work is where the caricature arises,” said Frank Gaard.

Pamela’s abstract and language-based works explore time, memory, and healing. These drawings, paintings and collages are meditations on everyday life — mnemonic “prayers” of emotion, experience and events often quite private in nature. Additionally, her painted portraits honor unsung heroes from the fabric of our culture — persons from all walks of life, from various backgrounds and economic status, including immigrants and the elderly, who might otherwise be unnoticed, or even unseen as legitimate. “Being a granddaughter of the schmatte (garment) trade growing up amid zippers, buttons, threads and textiles — influenced my early work as an artist. The influence of textile arts is found in my current paintings with their layered motifs and patterns, which bring me closer to understanding unresolved memories of my past,” states Pamela

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

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