OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES Runs 4/23-5/25 at Lyceum Theatre
The off-Broadway hit show OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES comes to San Diego for a five week run at the Lyceum Theatre downtown and is sure to make audiences laugh 'til they plotz. Performances run April 23 - May 25. Opening night is Wednesday, April 30.
Co-created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES is directed by John Anderson and showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. Think you've heard them all before? Not this way. The show also features comic songs -- brand new and satisfyingly old - as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the brilliant raconteurs from OldJewsTellingJokes.com, the website that inspired the show.
If you've ever had a mother, visited a doctor, or walked into a bar with a priest, a rabbi and a frog - OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES will sit in the dark, give you a second opinion, and ask you where you got that.
The show The New York Times called "Hilarious...Magnificent, Enduring Rhythm of Jewish Humor" promises to be an outrageous evening of one-liners, double-entendres and hysterical routines sure to triple you over with laughter! Like rye bread, kosher pickles and bagels, this show is for everyone! Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES showcases five actors in a comedy that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present.
The San Diego production, directed by John Anderson, features a talented and hilarious cast of local actors including G. Bartell (Nathan), Bryan Charles Feldman (Reuben), Rona Gold (Bunny),Allison Spratt Pearce (Debbi) and John Rosen (Morty). The cast of 5 actors/singers include old and young, Jewish & Non Jewish talent, all of which makes the point that you don't have to be Jewish to love this show. Jewish Humor is universal... it is the essence of AMERICAN HUMOR.
Daniel Okrent is a writer and editor, and best known for having served as the first public editor of The New York Times. He also invented Rotisserie League Baseball, and wrote several books, including Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, which served as a major source for the 2011 Ken Burns/Lynn Novick miniseries "Prohibition." Most of his career has been spent as an editor, at such places as Alfred A. Knopf and TIME, Inc. His book Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in history.
Peter Gethers is President of Random House Films as well as an editor and publisher at Random House, Inc., a screenwriter, television writer and producer, novelist, and non-fiction author of the bestselling trilogy about his Scottish Fold cat Norton: The Cat Who Went to Paris, A Cat Abroad and The Cat Who'll Live Forever. He too is a founding member of the Rotisserie Baseball League, the 1980 group that started the fantasy sports craze
John Anderson (Director) has been the Production Manager for San Diego Repertory Theatre for the last eleven seasons where he designed the set for Storyville and performed in Clybourne Park. Before coming to the REP John managed the productions for The California Shakespeare Theatre in Berkeley/Orinda. He studied Theatre at the University of Kansas and has worked as an actor, director, designer and collaborator with theaters in Chicago, Minneapolis, Norfolk, San Francisco, Dallas and San Diego. John spent five seasons as a core company member of the Minnesota Shakespeare Company and was the founding Artistic Director of Summer Shakes in Virginia Beach Virginia.