Two Evenings of Jewish Humor

Monday, April 1, 2002

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street) New York City
Admission free

Thursday, April 25 at 7 pm

You Can't Do Business (Or Most Anything Else) Without Yiddish
Paul Peter Porges, cartoonist, MAD MagazineThe New Yorker
Leon H. Gilden, New York Entertainment lawyer and Broadway producer

From a "schneid" in gin and a "blitz" in football to a "glitch" in computers, New Yorker cartoonist Paul Peter Porges and Broadway producer Leon H. Gilden"schmooz" about how Yiddish is part of the popular American vernacular.

Tuesday, May 7 at 7 pm

Wizards of Wit: How Jews Revolutionized Comedy in America
Arie Kaplan, writer for MADEntertainment Weekly, and Time Out New York; moderator
Lewis Black, stand-up comic, The Daily Show with John Stewart 
Hugh Fink, writer/comedian, Saturday Night LiveThe Late Show with David Letterman
Sam Gross, cartoonist, National LampoonThe New Yorker
Paul Peter Porges, cartoonist, The New Yorker, MAD

Jewish humor permeates every aspect of showbiz today- TV, film, stage, stand-up, and print media. Leading humorists explain how and why Jews have been the driving force in rocking the comedy boat, fueled by their "outsider" vantage point, street-smart creativity, and outsized "chutzpah"!

For further information, please contact: Sarah Schriever, 212-824-2293.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu