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

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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 comedians (wine and appetizers)
  • The comedy show at 7:30pm with desserts and coffee bar
  • Preferred, reserved seating at the show

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

  • $25 Comedy Show and desserts/coffee bar

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The Talent!

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.”

Emcee - Lisa Geduldig
Lisa Geduldig is a Bay Area-based comedian and comedy producer who is most known for her acclaimed annual comedy show, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ — Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant, which celebrates its 27th Annual shows this December. Lisa also runs a monthly comedy show at Ashkenaz in Berkeley on the 2nd Thursday of the month and at El Rio in San Francisco on the 3rd Friday of the month. Lisa wears other hats in addition to her comedy one. She made a film, Esther & Me, a profile of octogenarian, Esther Weintraub, a former comedian and resident at The Jewish Home San Francisco. The film screened at 12 film festivals in the US, Canada, and Europe (and won two awards) as well as at numerous senior centers in Northern California. Lisa also does freelance PR (arts, health, news, politics) in both English and Spanish. 


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. 


Comic #2- Rabbi Sydney Mintz
Rabbi Sydney Mintz has been making people laugh on and off the bimah for the past 25 years.  Her comedic career began at the feet of Gilda Radner and Phyllis Diller and she created much of her material while in Rabbinical School.  Rabbi Mintz's blend of poignant storytelling and Jewish humor has been a mainstay in her Rabbinic career at Congregation Emanu-El in San Francisco where she has kept her congregants in laughter and tears.

Trooper that she is, she performed while 9-1/2 months pregnant at Lisa Geduldig’s show “Feygelah Schmeygelah” some 20 years ago.

Rabbi Mintz has performed all over the Bay Area and was awarded a Residency at the San Francisco Film Institute in 2016. Her one woman show "You May Think I'm Funny, But It's Not" sold out at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco in December, 2018.  You can see her Friday Nights on the main stage at Temple Emanu-El or on her first country-wide tour of her new show in 2019!


Comic #3 - Joseph Nguyen
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

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