I. "Standard" Comedy Night: 65-110 minutes of stand-up comedy. No need for an opening act. Can be arranged in a variety of ways, either with straight advance sale/at the door ticket prices, or with reserved seats, "sponsors," "benefactors" pre-show receptions, raffle drawings, etc. In most cities, the secular paper will definitely do a feature article with photo, as will the Jewish paper. A unique, spirit-raising, community-building event.
II. Scholar-in-Residence Weekend includes comedy night plus one or two Shabbat programs:
III. The Spirituality of Laughter: A Jewish Look at the Holiness of Humor. This program, particularly appropriate for Shabbat, is a condensed version of the Scholar-in Residence Weekend. Part informal sermon (with plenty of laughs) exploring how Judaism values the spiritual, psychological, and physiological benefits of laughter, followed by 30 minutes of pure stand-up comedy!
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