Rabbi Bob Alper

Rabbi Bob Alper

World's Only Clergyman Doing Stand-Up Comedy ...Intentionally
Fee Range
$5,000 or less
Exact fee falls within this range
Traveling From
New York

Program Descriptions

“The Laugh in Peace Tour”
Below you’ll find important information about The Laugh in Peace Tour. But first, a few words of explanation.

I work with Arab, Muslim and Palestinian comedians. Christians, too. Most Muslims are not Arabs. Most Arabs are Muslim. All Palestinians are Arabs, and most, but not all Palestinians are Muslim. Some Palestinians are Christian. (Some Jews are Arabs, including Jerry Seinfeld’s mother’s family, of Syrian origin.) If you can understand that (!), continue reading.

Currently, I perform at universities, synagogues, mosques, theatres, and corporate events with three close friends who are top-notch comedians. Gibran Saleem (photo above left) is Muslim, of Pakistani heritage, and hence, not Arab. Mo Amer (photo to right) is a Muslim Arab, born in Kuwait of Palestinian parents. And Susan Sparks (photo below, as if you couldn’t figure that out) is an American Baptist minister (they’re the liberal Baptists). I’m simply, though elegantly, Jewish.

Each show lasts approximate 90-100 minutes, ending with a Q and A session. Then we always hang out with the crowd till everyone leaves.

Comedy Night
65-95 minutes of stand-up comedy. A unique, spirit-raising, community-building event.

No need for an opening act. Can be arranged in a variety of ways, with either straight advance sale/at the door ticket prices, or with reserved seats, “sponsors,” “benefactors,” pre-show receptions, raffle drawings, etc. In most cities, the secular paper will definitely do a feature article with photo, as will the Jewish paper.

The Spirituality of Laughter: A Jewish Look at the Holiness of Humor.
This presentation informs and entertains, attracting a widely diverse audience. It’s an engaging and inspiring event - while averaging two genuine belly laughs per minute!

The program explores humor in ancient and modern Jewish tradition, and considers why laughter has been such an integral part of Jewish culture. Using a variety of lively and interactive techniques, this hilarious congregational/organizational learning opportunity examines

  • Why are Jews so funny?!
  • The psychological, physical, and spiritual value of clean, un-hurtful comedy.
  • Humor as a coping mechanism in times of transition, celebration and stress.
  • Laughter’s critical role in tikkun olam (“repairing the world”), including a special focus on Bob’s Laugh In Peace Tour with Christian and Muslim comedians.

    Scholar-in-Residence Weekend includes the Standard Comedy Night as well as The Spirituality of Laughter: A Jewish Look at the Holiness of Humor.
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    There’s a reason why XM and Sirius satellite radio play Rabbi Bob Alper’s bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Bob’s unique background…he’s an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary…prepared him well for a twenty-year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean.

    Audiences adore him, from an SRO crowd at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival to a standing ovation before 2,700 people at New York’s famed Chautauqua Institution. He’s even appeared at The Hollywood IMPROV.

    Bob performs all across North America and England, at corporate events, theatres, non-profits, conventions, private parties, churches, and, naturally, synagogues. And he’s done over 100 shows with his Arab and Muslim comedy partners, at a variety of venues, but primarily colleges and universities.

    Bob’s ninety-minute stand-up act is fast-paced, with impeccable timing and material that’s definitely sharp yet gentle and unhurtful. In addition, he offers an informative, hilarious event called “The Spirituality of Laughter,” which is particularly appropriate for religious organizations, civic groups, school and hospital in-services, etc.

    The rabbi-comedian draws tremendous media attention, and, among others, has been seen on Good Morning America, Showtime, the BBC, CNN, and was featured on Extra, TV's top-rated entertainment program, immediately following a segment on the size of Jennifer Lopez's buttocks.

    In addition to being a full-time stand-up comic and conducting annual High Holyday services, Bob is the author of two books that further showcase his considerable talents: Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This, an inspirational collection now in its fifth printing, and the award-winning full-color cartoon book A Rabbi Confesses. He’s also produced two best-selling comedy CDs.

    Bob resides in rural Vermont with his wife Sherri, a psychotherapist. They are empty-nest parents of Zack and Jessie.

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    "I have heard nothing but praise for the event and your performance since the weekend (which is pretty unbelievable since we have quite a few "professional kvetchers" in our midst!)."
    Beth El Ner Tamid

    "I have been tied up making hospital calls to the many congregants who injured themselves laughing at the CDs and books you left behind. You should be ashamed."
    Temple Beth Orr

    "The turn-out for your show was nearly three times our usual, making it the most successful launch ever. People expected an enjoyable evening, but I think they were simply "blown away" by the quality of your material and the intensity of the non-stop laughter."
    Jewish Community Federation

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