JCRS to showcase “Jewish Roots of Comedy”

On March 9, the Jewish Children’s Regional Service will present “Jewish Roots of Comedy” at Harrah’s New Orleans. The gala event and seated dinner will feature two nationally acclaimed comedians, Wendy Liebman and Avi Liberman. Rabbi Ethan Linden will emcee.

The evening will honor Shirley and Ralph Seelig, and Lisa and Mark Heller for their dedication, leadership and generosity in support of JCRS’s mission to provide a financial safety net for vulnerable Jewish children and families with special needs assistance, educational scholarships and Jewish summer camp experiences. The JCRS serves a seven-state region, from Texas to Tennessee and Alabama.

This event continues the “Jewish Roots” theme from March 2012’s “Jewish Roots of Jazz” gala, which sold out. The gala also provides an evening of levity, camaraderie and enjoyment prior to the JCRS annual board meeting on March 10.

A Patron’s party with seated dinner will precede the performance.

Liebman recently made her first appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.” She has been a regular on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and several other shows. She was the first stand-up comedian to perform on both the “Rosie O’Donnell Show” and “The Rosie Show.” She has done two half-hour comedy specials, for HBO and Comedy Central, and in 2011 her hour-long “Wendy Liebman Taller on TV” debuted on Showtime.

Liberman was born in Israel and raised in Texas. With additional stints in New York and Los Angeles, he has a wide range of life experiences and topical issues to pull from. He tells his stories through a blend of characters and voices. He has performed on CBS’ “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.”

Tickets for the evening are available here, and half of the tickets have already been sold. The site also has information on sponsorships and reserved tables.