Koffler Centre of the Arts brings Elon Gold's one-man show to Toronto


By Daniel Horowitz- “What Al Gore is to global warming, Elon Gold is to global kvetching!”

Well, that’s what it says on his website, and with an introduction like that, how can anyone resist what promises to be a memorable night of laughter and lunacy as the Koffler Centre of the Arts welcomes Gold and the Toronto premier of his new one-man show, Half Jewish, Half Very Jewish.

With a personal, offbeat take on his religion and culture, Half Jewish, Half Very Jewish debuted at Just For Laughs in Montreal to a sold out extended run.

Gold, one of the world’s fastest-rising comics, is also a regular correspondent for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has worked with some of the biggest names in comedy including Dana Carvey and the legendary Mary Tyler Moore.

This exclusive event will feature an on-stage Q & A with Gold and Canada’s Comedy Queen, Debra DiGiovanni (from Last Comic Standing and MuchMusic’s Video on Trial), a post-show reception that’s half Jewish, half very Jewish and lots of fun for all.

“Elon Gold’s show is a terrific and hilarious look at modern Judaism,” said Mark Breslin, the founder of Yuk Yuk’s, the largest chain of comedy clubs in Canada, and the Honourary Committee Chair of this event. ”He’s like Jackie Mason, but half the age and twice as current.”

Proceeds from the night support the Koffler Centre of the Arts - a UJA Federation of Greater Toronto agency.

The Koffler is Toronto’s leading Jewish cultural institution with a broad mandate to serve all, presenting a wide range of artistic programs through a global lens in a specifically Canadian context.

As the Koffler builds a new 40,000 square foot facility on Sherman Campus on Bathurst Street, north of Sheppard Avenue, it is presenting a series of multi-disciplinary cultural events and exhibitions all around the city of Toronto designed to build bridges with other communities.

“We’re thrilled to be the exclusive presenter of the opening night performance of Elon Gold’s show at the Toronto Just for Laughs Festival,” said Lori Starr, executive director, Koffler Center of the Arts, and vice president, culture, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. “This is our summer fundraiser, and tickets are only $75 each – the funds go towards making sure the Koffler can keep presenting top-notch performing arts programs around the city, including comedy.”

Half Jewish, Half Very Jewish comes to Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street) on Tuesday, July 6th at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $75.00.

To order tickets, visit www.ticketweb.ca or call ticket web at 1.888.222.6608. For more about the Koffler Centre of the Arts, visit www.kofflerarts.org

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