This is not an event of Building Jewish Bridges, it’s just a fun event taking place in Berkeley and I’m inviting you to come with me.
A Night of Jewish Jokes
Where They’ve Been and Where They’re Going
The Borscht Belt, the cluster of Jewish summer resorts in upstate New York where Milton Berle, Eddie Cantor, Schecky Green, Henny Youngman and many others learned stand-up, is long gone, replaced by new trends. In the contemporary world of intermarriage and Jewish renewal, will Jewish jokes survive?
This evening of one-liners, monologues, scholarship, and lots of laughs tries to answer that question by tracking the evolution of the Jewish joke from its 18th century roots through modern times.
The performance features
+ Young Jewish-Vietnamese comic JOE NGUYEN who does contemporary stand-up.
+UC Berkeley Jewish Joke expert MEL GORDON who traces the 300-year history of the Jewish joke.
+ Monologist JEFF RAZ who performs his updated version of the Megillah.
PLUS JEWISH JOKE ‘OPEN MIC’: Audience Members Tell Their Favorite Jokes!
Date: Wed. January 12, 2011
Place: Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St. (near Downtown Berkeley BART) Berkeley
TICKETS $18.50 advance ($20.50 at the door)
online www.thefreight.org or 510-644-2020