Comedy Offerings

"Joel has the amazing ability to make us laugh while inspiring us at the same time."

Marlene Post, Past President, Hadassah

Joel Chasnoff is not your grandfather’s Jewish comedian.

With humor that’s clever, sharp, and never degrading, Joel’s comedy is a 180-degree turn from the Borscht Belt comics of old. Joel was the warm-up act for Jon Stewart of The Daily Show and is currently writing a pilot for Comedy Central. Sample his comedy here!


Comedy Offerings by Chasnoff

11-hour Comedy Show, Followed by Book Reading
The 188th Crybaby Brigade /A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah–A Memoir

21-hour Comedy Show with Separate Book Event
For a group that has pre-read the book and those interested in his story — meet and chat with Joel.

31-hour Comedy Show followed by Q and A
Topic: Where do we find comedy source material and what makes it funny?

41-hour Jewish Humor Workshop
From the Rebbes of the Talmud to Sandler and Seinfeld — lecture/discussion on the history and future of Jewish humor, including an opportunity for audience members to share their favorite jokes.

5Artist-in-Residence
A weekend including a workshop on Jewish Humor Friday night or Saturday morning; a comedy show Saturday night; a book salon Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning; and an improv comedy workshop for teens or Young Leadership 20s/30s Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.

6Comedy Show and Discussion for Teens
1-hour stand-up comedy show for teens, followed by an inspiring discussion about Chasnoff’s Jewish journey (from day school to Penn Hillel to tank gunner in the Israel Army) and the challenges and importance of Jewish identity in today’s world.

7Comedy Show and Discussion for Young Leadership 20s/30s
See description for offering 6, except geared to 20s/30s.

P.S. Joel is willing to do a special cocktail hour for big donors for your fundraising purposes.

THE 188th CRYBABY BRIGADE is a Denver Post best-seller!

Buy the Book >>

In the spring of 2010, Simon and Schuster published Joel’s memoir, The 188th Crybaby Brigade, about his experience as an IDF combat soldier in the Golan Heights and South Lebanon. The book received critical acclaim in both the Jewish and mainstream press and has been optioned in Hollywood.

Read the Jewish Forward Book Review >>