Clean and Affordable Jewish comedians and other clean comedians for Temples/Synagogues/JCC’s and other Jewish organizations and federations

First of all, you don’t need to have only Jewish stand-up comedians for your Jewish organization’s comedy night. What you must have are the right comedians. It’s fine to have one Jewish comedian if you’re having one comic. But if your event features three or four comedians you should absolutely have some variety. You don’t want three or four single, heterosexual Jewish male comedians all talking about the same topics or your audience will be thinking “Enough already about Tinder dates- talk about something else.” If your event is three or four male comics, the lack of women on stage will be obvious.

When we’ve done shows at synagogues with a Jewish comedian and an Italian-American Catholic comedian the reaction is always something like “Wow, I didn’t realize we all had the same family dynamics. We’re not that different.” And the Italian-American comedian’s response is “Our food is better.”

Secondly, studies have shown that people value experiences more than we value possessions. The pleasure we get from buying something new wears off very quickly but pleasurable experiences live on in our memory. A comedy show is a great, fun experience!

Here are some clean comedians who are wonderful for synagogue shows:

Jewish comedian Shaun Eli on stage at the Emelin TheatreShaun Eli

Stand-up comedian Shaun Eli has rightfully been called one of America’s smartest comics. Whether it’s a story about dining with a vegetarian or successfully fighting a parking ticket, master storyteller Shaun Eli shows you that there’s hilarity in the ordinary if you approach life with a comedic warp. Job interviews? Serving on a NYC criminal jury? How about the Ten Commandments? For just about anything he’s experienced Shaun has a hilarious story at the ready.
Read an article Shaun wrote, What’s More Jewish Than Comedy?sm in Reform Judaism Magazine. He’s also quoted here: https://reformjudaism.org/25-jewish-things-try-home

Accounting humor stand-up comedy Doctor vs. Accountant #Doctor #Accountant (FYI the accountant wins)

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Book Karen Bergreen for your next comedy night (photo of the comedian)Karen Bergreen

A mother of two small boys, Karen does stand-up in order to get out of the house. She has appeared on Comedy Central, The Oxygen Network, Nick Mom, The View and The Joy Behar Show.
While the kids aren’t looking, Karen is a novelist. Her 2010 comic novel Following Polly earned praise from The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and her mother-in-law. Her second novel Perfect is Overrated was released a few years ago.

Karen Bergreen on The View

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Book Wali Collins for your next comedy night (photo of the comedian)

Wali Collins

His first time on stage Wali was convinced that he had bombed, but the manager paid him and asked him to come back every week as a featured act. Wali moved to New York City to work on a show for Comedy Central called “Stand-up Stand-up”. He hosted the largest, funniest, most varied collection of stand-up comedians in the world.
Nominated three years in a row as “College Campus Entertainer of the Year,” Wali is also sought after for corporate events. One of Wali’s greatest achievements was hosting an event for First Lady Michelle Obama. Collins’ television stand-up credits include NBC, CBS, FOX, HBO, ABC’s “The View”, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd and Commentary on VH1. David Letterman caught Wali’s act and recruited him to warm-up for his show. Later that season Wali performed his stand up on the Late Show with David Letterman. In the words of Robert Klein, “Wali Collins is versatile, smart and very, very funny.”

Wali's 5 minutes of stand up

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Book Joe DeVito for your next comedy night (photo of the comedian)Joe DeVito

Joe DeVito has the power to start fires using his mind, and he also does standup comedy. Whether taking on relationships, his Italian-American family, or current events, Joe’s dead-on timing, unexpected twists and sheer flights of lunacy make him a favorite at clubs and colleges across the USA, and at the top venues in New York City.
After spending a decade as a journalist and advertising writer, Joe gave into his coworker’s demands to try performing so he could find fame, while they finally got some work done. In 2006, he was invited to the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Canada, where the Montreal Gazette rated his performance “9.5 out of 10.”
Joe’s TV appearances include The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, and a semi-finalist turn on season five of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. His savage wit has also made him an in-demand panelist on shows like Chelsea Lately, CNN’s Headline News, Animal Planet’s Wild 100, and a regular guest on FOX News Channel’s Red Eye. As a writer, Joe has contributed to Maxim Magazine, MTV, and the award-winning film Super Size Me.

Joe DeVito on CBS Late Late Show 3/24/08

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Book Jon Fisch for your next comedy show (photo of the comedian)

Jon Fisch

Jon has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Show with David Letterman, has been featured in Maxim Magazine, and was the host of the widely popular podcast, “In the Tank”. A prolific monologist with universal appeal, Jon focuses on the idiosyncrasies of city living. Shortly after moving to NYC from his native Boston, he was chosen as one of Comedy Central’s Fresh Faces of Comedy and named one of Back Stage Magazine’s 10 Standout Stand-ups.
His appearance on Last Comic Standing 4, where he was the New York City Capital One Audience Favorite, earned him wide recognition and a new legion of fans. His other TV appearances include Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, VH1, Celebrity Apprentice, and 3 Men and a Chick Flick on the WE Network where he served as a host. Interestingly, the credit people seem most impressed by was that he was handpicked to open for Jerry Seinfeld in 2009 at Gotham Comedy Club.
Jon has performed at multiple festivals including the 2007 HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen and the 2010 Great American Comedy Festival at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Norfolk, Nebraska. In addition, he was a critical favorite at the prestigious Montreal “Just for Laughs” Festival where he appeared in both the “New Faces” showcase and the Club Series show “Dating It.” Following his impressive performances, Jon was singled out by the Hollywood Reporter and the Montreal Gazette as a “stand out performer.”
Jon also tours the country performing in theaters and colleges, corporate events and clubs. A staple in the NYC scene, he is a favorite at Gotham Comedy Club, the Comedy Cellar, and the World Famous Comic Strip Live.

Jon Fisch Performs Stand-Up

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Book Andy Pitz for your next comedy night (photo of the comedian)Andy Pitz

Comedian Andy Pitz performs clean comedy but not that boring kind. It’s fresh, relatable and very funny. Andy talks about his twenty years in standup, a long marriage to a neurotic woman, and small everyday things like how the world is perceived by our weird human mind. Andy can do this in a funny way even though he is not famous. Look at his picture. “I think I saw this guy at a comedy club one time…” Yes, you probably have. Andy’s been based in New York City since 1997 and has been performing professionally since 1991.
In 2003 Andy made his television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman, and a month later he was on CBS’s Star Search, where he was eliminated from the semi-finals in a total ripoff. Andy also did standup in 2007 on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson where he was asked to sign the guest book backstage. Sweet.
Having clean material allows Andy to work for a wide range of audiences. Standup comedy venues enjoy his energy and uniqueness. The corporate show crowd and even houses of worship appreciate cleaner subject matter and shows where anyone could be there and have fun.
Andy’s second live comedy recording, “More Mr. Nice Guy”, was released in November 2010 and is played in heavy rotation on Sirius Satellite Radio’s clean comedy station “Laugh USA”.
In and around New York City, Andy performs at the most well-known clubs and also the more obscure rooms, with the goal of working at least four nights a week. He could be at Comic Strip Live, Gotham Comedy Club, Caroline’s, Dangerfield’s, or the Underground Lounge, Zinc Bar, or a youth hostel on any given weekday evening.
When road trips happen they are headlining engagements across the U.S. and Canada. Andy has toured China, performed in Woodstock New York and it’s very likely he’s appeared in the Netherlands.

Andy Pitz David Letterman set

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Book Myq Kaplan for your next comedy night (photo of the comedian)

Myq Kaplan

Myq Kaplan is a comedian named Myq Kaplan (pronounced “Mike Kaplan”).
Myq made his network television debut on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and has since gone on to appear on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson and in his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents: Myq Kaplan special.

Myq Kaplan Standup

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Book Cory Kahaney for your next comedy night (photo of the comedian)

Cory Kahaney

Cory is every woman. Mother, daughter, wife… ex-wife. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Show with David Letterman, made her fifth appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a new TV special for Nick Mom. Cory appeared in the first season of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and made it to the finale, where host Jay Mohr called her performance “flawless.” Other television credits include Comedy Central Presents: Cory Kahaney, The View, and many episodes of Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.

Cory Kahaney Performs Stand-Up

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Book Ophira Eisenberg for your next comedy night (photo of the comedian)

Ophira Eisenberg

Comedian Ophira Eisenberg has performed on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, VH-1, The Today Show, TV Guide Channel’s Standup In Stilettos, Fox, E! Channel, CNN, Oxygen Network, and the AXS Network. She is also the host of NPR’s weekly trivia comedy show Ask Me Another. Her debut memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was recently optioned by Zucker Productions for a feature film.

Ophira Eisenberg on Ferguson

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Book Frank Vignola for your next comedy show (photo of the comedian)Frank Vignola

Besides television appearances on Comedy Central, CBC (Toronto) and Discovery Channel Europe, Mr. Vignola has also appeared at Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival with Bill Maher and toured with Armed Forces Entertainment performing for our troops in Afghanistan.
His most recent film credit includes his starring role as “Eddie” in the short film “Tilting at Windmills” which premiered on opening night of the 2012 “International Film Festival Manhattan” in November at the Quad Cinema in NYC. He also recently created and portrayed the voice of the character of “Dr. Robert” in the imaginative animated television pilot “Ben v World”.


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