who doesn’t need a good laugh?

JANUARY 28–31, 2021

The Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival includes local and national comics who represent and reflect the diversity of Jewish culture. With something for everyone, the Festival creates space for laughter, healing, connection and joy in the middle of winter.

Presented in partnership with the St. Paul Jewish Federation and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.

For questions, contact Robyn Awend at robyna@minnesotajcc.org / 952.381.3416


What War Zone?
Standup Comedy from Israel

7 PM • LIVE Virtual Event

Join host Jonathan Gershberg as he welcomes comedian Benji Lovitt LIVE from Israel. Benji presents a hilarious picture of Israel by deconstructing cultural differences and the immigrant experience in Israel. Benji’s energy and enthusiasm will make you laugh out loud as he sheds light on Jewish holidays, cultural differences, and of course, humor during a global pandemic. Q & A to follow.
(Ages 18+)

Jonathan Gershberg is a writer, comedian and producer based in Minneapolis, MN. In 2015, he created Minnesota Tonight, a local late night comedy show filmed at Brave New Workshop.

Presented in partnership with Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Queer Comedy Night
Featuring Dana Eagle
with guests: Lisa Geduldig,
Liz Stone, Geulah Finman &
Emcee, Coral Best

Virtual Event

Dana Eagle has been seen on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, The Late, Late Show, Comedy Central, and Comics Unleashed. She has taken several trips overseas to perform for the troops in Iraq. In 2017, Dana’s book How To Be Depressed: A Guide hit the shelf and in 2018 it was released in four languages.

Lisa Geduldig is a San Francisco-based comedian and comedy producer. Her annual show Kung Pao Kosher Comedy (Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant) has been a tradition in San Francisco since 1993. She currently produces Lockdown Comedy on Zoom. Visit her website www.koshercomedy.com.

Liz Stone is a co-producer of Live Comedy on Zoom and is a regular at the San Francisco Punchline, Cobbs Comedy Club, The Laugh Factory, Rooster T. Feathers, and Laughs Unlimited.

Geulah Finman is a tall, dark and handsome queerdo. Her upbringing in a Hassidic-Jewish home lends to a refreshing, nuanced and hilarious (mis)conception of the world. She is native to Detroit and recently moved to San Francisco where she performs and produces shows across The Bay Area. She draws her audiences in with an exuberant and over jocular tone, cutting deep on issues like gender dynamics, religion and income inequality.

Emcee: Coral Best is a Bay Area native who got her start in comedy talking about her invisible disability of having an ostomy bag, or what she likes to call her “gift bag from hell.” After recovering from her major medical crisis, she marched straight to a stage, found her calling in comedy, and has never looked back!
(18+, Language and Adult Content)

Presented in partnership with J-Pride a program of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis

Night of Jewish Storytelling

Virtual Event

Back by popular demand, this event features a star-studded cast of local talent sharing a wide array of personal stories that will inspire every facet of Jewish humor. Join us for this event that will have you laughing, crying and saying OY VEY GEVALT!

Emcee: Kim Kivens is a nice Jewish girl who was born in New Jersey and raised in Minnesota, an actor seen on local professional stages and a voice-over talent heard on multimedia, her favorite roles are wife to Joe and mother to Lily.

(Ages 18+)

Storyteller Bios

Humor in Hard Times:
Writing Satire with
Anthony Sisler-Neuman


If you are interested in learning more info about future dates and times for the rescheduled workshop, please contact Robyn Awend at rawend@sabesjcc.org / 952.381.3416