UK Jewish Comedy Festival 2019

Thursday 5-Wednesday 11 December

Whether you're a fan of stand-up comedy (or more gentle sit-down humour), the UK Jewish Comedy Festival returns to JW3 for a 5th year featuring stellar performers from around the world. From faith leaders doing stand-up to our annual search for the best up-and-coming new Jewish comedian of the year, get ready to have your funny bone well and truly tickled.

Thursday 5 December

World Tour of Jewish Comedy | Book Here

Join us for a glimpse into Jewish comedy cultures around the world. Led by your host, the hilarious Jewish-American comedian and Edinburgh Comedy Award-winner Alex Edelman, and through the wonders of technology, you’ll be whisked off on a fabulous world tour of Jewish comedy from the comfort of our Hall.

Sunday 8 December

You Don't Have to be Jewish to be Funny (But it Helps): A conversation about Freud and Comedy | Book Here

A Freudian slip is when you say one thing and mean your mother. What is it about Jews and comedy? Come and discover the links between Freud, humour and Judaism in this special comedy festival panel hosted by scholar Jaice Sara Titus, with Dr Brian Kaplan MD, comedian and writer David
Schneider, comedian Arnold Brown, academic and author of The Jewish Joke Devorah Baum, and many more.

The Legacy of Jack Rosenthal: Maureen Lipman and Amy Rosenthal in Conversation | Book Here

Playwright and screenwriter Jack Rosenthal, CBE made a significant contribution to the cannon of British-Jewish 20th century theatre, television and film, contributing to Coronation Street and That Was The Week That Was and creating Pardon the Expression, The Dustbinmen, The Lovers and Ready When You Are, Mr. McGill, among many others. He won three BATFAs for Bar Mitzvah Boy, The Evacuees and Spend, Spend, Spend and co-wrote Yentl with Barbara Streisand.

Wednesday 11 December

Sara Barron: Enemies Closer | Book Here

2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer nominee, Sara grew up reform in a Jewish suburb of Chicago before emigrating to the UK in 2012 and marrying her Mancunian atheist husband.

The Dirty Thirty at JW3 with Degenerate Fox | Book Here

A valiant attempt to perform 30 plays in just 1 hour. Degenerate Fox are finally coming to JW3. We will present a delectable menu of thirty hilarious, original works served to order and courageously performed against the clock!