A Field Guide to Jewish Comedy Writers: An Evening with Dave Barry, Adam Mansbach, and Alan Zweibel


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Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? Why do random Jewish holidays keep popping up unexpectedly?

These baffling questions and many more will be answered by comedic powerhouse trio Dave Barry (Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster)Adam Mansbach (Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F*****g Eat), and Alan Zweibel (SNL, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Late Show with David Letterman, and Curb Your Enthusiasm).

In their new book, A Field Guide to the Jewish People, the authors dissect every holiday and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have been plaguing the long-suffering Jewish people everywhere for centuries. Follow the ancient Jewish tradition of gathering your chosen ones around a Zoom screen, pop open a bottle of Manischewitz, and get ready to laugh as you finally begin to understand the inner-workings of Judaism.

Signed books are available for purchase HERE.

Presented in partnership with the Vilna Shul, Boston and the Jewish Book Council. 


Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor writer whose columns and essays have appeared in hundreds of newspapers over the past thirty-five years. He has also written a number of New York Times bestselling humor books, most recently Lessons from Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog. He is not personally Jewish, but many of his friends are.

  Alan Zweibel is an original Saturday Night Live writer, and has won numerous Emmy and Writers Guild of America Awards for his work in television, which includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created), Late Show with David Letterman, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays, and won the Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman.


Adam Mansbach is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep and You Have to F*****g Eat, as well as the California Book Award-winning novel The End of Jews, a dozen other books, and the movie Barry. His work which has been translated into more than forty languages, has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York Times Book ReviewEsquire, and The Believer and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and This American Life.

 Arielle Kaplan is a Brooklyn-based Jewish journalist, peer-sex educator, speaker, and media personality. A regular contributor to Alma, she hosted the Jewish site's weekly video series "And God Was Like" and currently co-hosts Balls Deep, Bellesa's sex comedy podcast. Known for her investigative feature writing on Jewish history, traditions, and pop culture — ranging from "Is Shrek Jewish?" to "Does the Vatican Really Have a Secret Menorah?" — Arielle is most proud of being cited in Wikipedia's "Hamantasch" definition for suggesting the Purim cookie is a fertility symbol. Follow Arielle on Twitter and Instagram @buffyfangirl94 

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