Date(s) - 03/05/2015
Described as “a pickle-barrel full of giggles,” OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES is a comedy revue inspired by the website OldJewsTellingJokes.com, created by Sam Hoffman. That site, as one might expect, features old Jews telling jokes (60 is the minimum age to recount a gag). Millions of hits later, the website spawned an off-Broadway hit.
The idea for OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES was hatched after creator Daniel Okrent made an appearance on the site and promptly told his friends. “I was the youngest old Jew on there,” he said, proudly to those friends, who included co-creator Peter Gethers. “I had found myself checking that website four or five times a week for a year,” Gethers explained. “So Daniel and I decided to option the website and make something for the theater.”
Okrent explained that many of the narrative jokes have been dramatized dramatized: stand-up comedy morphed into sketches. Both creators said they are interested in exploring the history of Jewish comedy, especially as it relates to dealing with adversity. “Still,” Gethers claimed, “the show is eighty percent hilarious jokes. And almost every night we have one person who loves to yell out the punchline.
Tickets are on sale now at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza box office, online at www.theaterleague.com or by calling 805.449.2775.