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Starting Saturday night, a comedic collaboration of Jews, converts, and Palestinians will be kicking off a round of performances all over the country. The Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour kicks off in Jerusalem with Palestinian Ray Hanania, American-Israeli Charlie Waraday, African-American Jewish convert Aaron Freeman and Irish-Italian former Catholic Yisrael Campbell, who is now an Orthodox Jew who performs his routine in a traditional black hat and coat. This blend of comics has previously brought in roars of laughter in Jewish audiences in their previous tour in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, even drawing acclaim in Time magazine.
The four comics bond over their love of humor and bounce back and forth off of each other's jokes in their down time. They can be found trading politically incorrect jokes about the promised 72 virgins supposedly awaiting suicide bombers in paradise.
"And what do the women get?" muses Waraday, recalling that a 57-year old Palestinian grandmother recently blew herself up. "What would they possibly have told this woman - that she'll have 72 kids who'll call every day and visit once in a while? I know my Mom would blow herself up for that."
On this tour, the troupe will be adding Beersheva, Raanana, and Haifa to the itinerary. Details at www.ipcomedytour.com or 052-233-1919.
Saturday, 9 p.m., Ambassador Hotel, Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem, NIS 65; Sunday, 8 p.m., Mantas "Yud Aleph," Beersheva; Monday, 8:30 p.m., Congregation Or Hadash, Haifa; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., Hamishkan Performing Arts Center, Raanana; Thursday, 8:30 p.m., ZOA House, Tel-Aviv; Saturday (June 16), 9:30 p.m.; Kehilat Kol HaNeshama, Jerusalem, NIS 60.