Comedy Night 2019: It Only Hurts When I Don't Laugh!

JCC Presents
An Evening of Jewish Humor

It Only Hurts When I DON’T Laugh!!

Saturday Evening, April 13, 2019

VIP Giggler Reception 6:45 pm
Comedy Show 7:30 pm
Desserts and Coffee Bar 9:15 pm

The Glaser Center: 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Ticket Categories

VIP Ticket - includes

  • $100 One Individual Giggler VIP Ticket
  • Your per-person ticket to the Giggler Reception prior to the show at 6:45pm with the comediens (wine and appetizers)
  • The comedy show at 7:30pm with desserts and coffee bar
  • Prefered, reserved seating at the show

General Admission Ticket (you’re good for a laugh) - includes

  • $25 Comedy Show and desserts/coffee bar

Tickets on sale February 1, 2019

To become an event sponsor or questions contact Lynne Belmont at or 415-828-3737

Jewish Community Center contact or 707-528-4222

Be a Comedy Sponsor at one of the Following Levels, click here

The Talent!

Emcee- Lisa Geduldig
Lisa Geduldig is a San Francisco Bay Area-based bilingual (Spanish-English) publicist with 25 years experience in the field.
She has acted as the publicist for numerous arts and health-related clients promoting comedy, theater, music, dance, art openings, Latin American, Jewish, women’s, LGBT events, HIV/AIDS issues, legal issues, Lyme disease, flu clinics, political, senior events, non-profits, community organizations and events, press conferences...throughout Northern California. In 1993, Lisa began doing publicity for her own large-scale comedy productions (Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant; Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians; The Color of Funny: A Multicultural Comedy Show; A Muslim, A Mormon, & A Jew Walk into A Bar: The Comedy of Religion), along with Charo & Her Las Vegas Show.


Comic #1 Judi Leff
San Francisco native, and Duchess in the Court of Emperor Norton, Judi Leff has been making people laugh ever since she took her first math test. For decades Judi has taught, lectured, written, performed, directed, managed, and/or produced short and long versions of comedy in the Bay Area Jewish community and specializes in parody songwriting. After a long seriocomic career at Congregation Emanu-El, she currently sorts the mail and sorts a few other things out at the Institute on Aging. 


Rabbi Sydney Mintz was ordained in 1997 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. She is the founder of the award winning Late Shabbat Young Adult Program at Congregation Emanu-El where she has served as Rabbi since her ordination in 1997. She became a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem after completing her fellowship in 2004.
Sydney currently serves on the National Board of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice and as a Rabbinic Scholar for American Jewish World Service. She is a graduate of Bend the Arc’s Selah Leadership Program and is a member of the US State Department’s Working Group on Religion and Social Justice. She led Team Emanu-El in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and is an avid open ocean swimmer. In 2016, Rabbi Mintz became a Resident in the San Francisco Film Society’s Film House Residency program.

So, what makes a rabbi a candidate for a comedy show...

Joseph Nguyen's path to comedy began when he was born in Georgia to a Vietnamese immigrant father and a Jewish mother from the Dominican Republic. Subtle but sharp, laid-back yet engaging, he is a smart slacker beloved by audiences for his easygoing delivery and good writing. At home in all venues from clubs to cafes, Joseph is a regular at the Punch Line and other Bay Area clubs as well as a member of local group Nightlife on Mars. While he has not had a bar mitzvah (though it's not too late!), his Jewish stock has been rising as he has performed at Kung Pao Kosher Comedy and tours nationally with "You're Funny But You Don't Look Jewish".  and

As one of the country's top comedians, Cathy Ladman presents herself as the self-probing, anxiety-venting person that she is. She has not only appeared on "The Tonight Show" nine times, but also appeared on the last two of Johnny Carson’s "Tonight Show Anniversary" shows. She did five appearances on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” has had her own HBO "One Night Stand" comedy special, and was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic. 

A native New Yorker, she is now living in Los Angeles and acting in a films and shows. Her film credits include “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Aristocrats,” "White Oleander,” "What Planet Are You From?" "My Fellow Americans," and "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.” Her TV roles include a recurring role on Showtime’s highly-anticipated series, “I’m Dying Up Here,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “NCIS: LA,” “Mad Men,” “Brothers and Sisters,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” "Everybody Loves Raymond." Her TV pilots include "Caroline in the City," in which she had a recurring role - and "Carlos," "American Nuclear," and "Hot Prospects," which you’ve likely never heard of. She was a regular panelist on Bill Maher and Scott Carter’s "Politically Incorrect," and a repeat guest on Comedy Central classic, "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist."

She did a successful run Off-Broadway in, “The JAP Show: The Princesses of Comedy;” she was in the 25th Anniversary Production of “Last Summer at Bluefish Cove” in Los Angeles, which was nominated for several GLAAD awards; she and HBO developed her solo show, “Scaredypants,” and took it to the Aspen Comedy Festival; and she’s working on a new solo show, “Does This Show Make Me Look Fat?” She just did a TEDMED talk, which excerpted her show. Cathy is currently opening in LA in a play, “Jews, Christians, and Screwing Stalin.”