Today, the Jewish Fathers Comedy Tour is pleased to announce the fall kickoff event
of their Northeast Tour: Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm at NYC’s Gotham Comedy Club, one of the premier comedy clubs in the country (located at 208 W. 23rd Street, NY, NY).
The Jewish Fathers Comedy Tour (“JFCT”) is comprised of Rabbi-Comedian Bob Alper, (a 60something father of a 42 and a 38yearold), Adam Oliensis (a 50something father of four ranging in age from kindergarten to college) and Alex Barnett (a 47yearold man with a 3yearold son). Together these three Jewish father-comedians provide a hilarious and insightful look at what it means to be a Jewish father in the 21st Century.
“We’re really excited about this concept,” said Adam Oliensis, a veteran of the New York comedy scene as well as being a long-time theater producer. “It gives us a chance to carry on the traditions that give our lives meaning, to adapt to an ever-changing modern world, to find the humor in all of it what could be more Jewish than that?” Perhaps a Rabbi.
Yes, that’s right. Just in case there was any question about the group’s bona fides, one need look no further than the group’s senior member, comedian Bob Alper, a Rabbi and a seasoned comedian who is heard multiple times daily on Sirius/XM Satellite radio and has performed all over North America. When asked what makes a Rabbi turn to comedy, Alper replied, “I always used jokes and funny stories in my sermons, which has given me 42 years’ experience performing in front of a hostile audience.”
Then, in a more serious vein, he added, “Jewish people have always gravitated toward comedy. If you can intellectually outsmart your oppressor, you’ve scored your own modest victory. Plus, Jews have always prized portable professions. You can’t take your factories or farms when you’re kicked out, but you can take your brains. And, of course, Jews are in love with language.”
As for why a show focused only on Jewish fathers is needed, Alex Barnett, the exhausted toddler-parent in the group, said: “I’m sorry. What was the question? I was asleep.”
In fact, Barnett pointed out that fathers can be overlooked at times, “because historically we’re not the ones who do the cooking. People tend to focus their attention and devotion on the person providing them with sustenance and nutrition. That, and we still haven’t figured out what our job is besides saying, “I don’t know. Go ask your mother.’”
On a more serious note, Barnett added, “the history of Jewish dads is a proud one. And, we’re glad to be a part of it. Once people see our show and witness our chemistry I know they’ll be sold.”
For more information on the Jewish Fathers Comedy Tour, visit: http://jewishfatherstour.wix.com/jewishfatherstour