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Saturday, June 15 • 9:35pm - 10:30pm
We are only funny because we suffered: a Jewish comedy debate

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What’s so funny about oppression? Would the Jews be so comedically renowned if it wasn’t for all that persecution? For millennia, Jews have been turning ‘knock knocks’ from the authorities into ‘knock knock’ jokes. This light-hearted debate will explore the origins of Jewish humour, featuring up-and-coming as well as established Jewish comics and community members. Prepare to laugh until your stomach hurts!

Moderators
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Anita Zaid

Anita is a Change Manager at Westpac. She is an ex-President of AUJS NSW and, until recently, sat on the board for Or Chadash, a boutique shule in Bondi. She is a Jew who loves everything that comes with it: spirituality, religion, community, food, and guilt.

Speakers
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Geoff Sirmai

‘Half watchdog, half wit’, Geoff is a former journalist and author who always maintained an ‘other life’ as actor, musician, and comedian. For the past 20 years he has balanced a full-time performing career with a consultancy in Arts PR. In communal life he founded the AUJS... Read More →
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Robin Reynolds

A British-born comedian of Jewish descent, Robin delights audiences with her anecdotes and one-liners. Much like her name, Robin is a bird in comedy. Rising fast in the Sydney scene, she's been featured in Powerbomb Comedy Festival and you can catch her show 'Relatable Material' at... Read More →
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Jamie Kirk

Jamie is a Sydney-based comedian and comedy-room runner. He is a regular performer and host at some of Sydney's best comedy venues. In addition to this he is one of the runners of Powerbomb Comedy, a collective that puts on a stand-up show every Friday night, featuring some of Australia's... Read More →
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Thalia-Joan Halperin

After starting her own small brand ‘Insert Laugh Here’, Thalia-Joan has continued to run an array of successful comedy nights across Sydney. This qualified teacher has found herself hanging up her responsibility jacket and chasing her dreams. With an impressive list of writing... Read More →
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Jared Jekyll

Jared’s comedy prowess has cemented him as a familiar face in Australian film, TV, and stand-up comedy. He is also a sought-after support act, having opened for international comedians Tom Green and Ari Shaffir. In 2018 he starred in Stefan Hunt’s ‘We’re All Going To Die... Read More →
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Rodney Marks

Rodney is a comedian for business and private events, a comedy hoax speaker, and a corporate impostor. He delivers tailored jokes, gentle roasts, post-truth waffle, and double-talk. He's co-written 10 books *joke* books and joke *books*. With degrees from UNE, UNSW, and Harvard, he... Read More →


Saturday June 15, 2019 9:35pm - 10:30pm
Room 6

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