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Rabbi Bob Alper to entertain in Tahoe Vista

It’ll be 90 minutes of non-stop laughter on Sunday, Feb. 28, when Rabbi Bob Alper, “the world’s only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy…intentionally,” makes his Tahoe Vista debut in a program open to the entire community. People brand Bob’s shows as “Gentile friendly.”

The New York Times put it succinctly: Alper “…had the audience convulsing.” The Chicago Tribune described his act as “Hilarious. Relaxed, clean, unhurtful. A warm type of humor.”

Alper’s fresh, contemporary, and totally “unorthodox” style has been delighting audiences from Hollywood’s IMPROV to The Montreal Comedy Festival. Program begins at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 28, North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, 7000 Latone Blvd., Tahoe Vista. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For Information and tickets call 546-2559 or 546-0895. Adults and children 11 and over are welcome.

A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Alper is a graduate of Lehigh University, was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, and is the first Jewish person ever to earn a doctorate from the Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Buffalo and Philadelphia, where he continues to conduct High Holiday services.

Alper began his comedy career in 1986 when he entered the “Jewish Comic of the Year Contest” at the Going Bananas club in Philadelphia. Television, radio and personal appearances followed as he quickly honed his distinctive approach to stand-up. He has been seen on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Showtime, the BBC, and CNN, among many others.

Today, Alper performs nearly 80 shows per year, drawing tremendous audience numbers and response. His humor is fast-paced and sophisticated, yet gentle and unhurtful: all in all, a charming and affable comedian. In addition to his solo shows, Alper performs frequently in an extraordinary pairing with Muslim comedian Azhar Usman.

Alper 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, and is proud to announce the release of his new, 102-minute DVD, “What are you…a comedian?”

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

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Feb 8, 2010 01:33PM Published Feb 8, 2010 01:31PM Copyright 2010 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.