BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — This sort of event doesn’t cross our desk every day: a Rabbi who doubles as a Standup Comedian is coming to town. Here’s the info you need if you need a little comedy with your Shabbat…
There’s a reason why Sirius/XM satellite radio plays Rabbi Bob Alper’s comedy bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Bob’s unique background…he’s an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary…has prepared him well for a twenty-five year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean.
And so it’ll be 90 minutes of non-stop laughter on Thursday, March 1st, when “the world’s only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy…intentionally,” returns to Boca in a program that welcomes the entire community and is universally enjoyable. Bob’s performance will be preceded by “The Funniest Jew in Boca Contest.” (For the purposes of this competition, anyone with a sense of humor shall be considered to be Jewish.)
The New York Times put it succinctly: Bob “…had the audience convulsing.” The Chicago Tribune described Bob’s act as “Hilarious. Relaxed, clean, unhurtful. A warm type of humor.”
Bob’s fresh, contemporary, and totally “unorthodox” style has been delighting audiences from Hollywood’s IMPROV to The Montreal Comedy Festival and Muslimfest 2009 (this is not a joke). His unique brand of humor appeals to everyone – synagogues, mosques, churches, corporate events, colleges, and theatres throughout North America and England.
A native of Providence, Rhode Island and a graduate of Lehigh University, Bob was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, and was the first Jewish person ever to earn a doctorate from the Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Buffalo and Philadelphia, where he continues to conduct High Holiday services.
Bob began his comedy career in 1986 when he entered the “Jewish Comic of the Year Contest” at the Going Bananas club in Philadelphia. Television, radio and personal appearances followed as he quickly honed his distinctive approach to stand-up. He has been seen on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Showtime, the BBC, and CNN, among many others.
Today, Bob performs nearly 80 shows per year, drawing tremendous audience numbers and response. His humor is fast-paced and sophisticated, yet gentle and unhurtful: all in all, a charming and affable comedian. In addition to his solo shows, Bob performs frequently in an extraordinary pairing with Muslim comedian Azhar Usman.
Bob is the author of two books that further showcase his considerable talents: Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This, an inspirational collection now in its fifth printing, and the award-winning full-color cartoon book A Rabbi Confesses. He’s also produced two best-selling comedy CDs, and recently released his 102-minute DVD, What are you…a comedian?
Bob resides in rural Vermont with his wife Sherri, a psychotherapist. Professionally, he makes people laugh, while she helps people cry.
WHERE AND WHEN:
Program begins at 7:30 pm, Thursday, March 1st.
Congregation Shaarei Kodesh is located at 19785 Hampton Drive, Boca Raton
Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door.
Information and tickets: 561-852-6555