Jeremy Piven to play for laughs in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem stand-up
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Jeremy Piven to play for laughs in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem stand-up

The Emmy Award-winning Jewish actor recently began plying his comedic act after years of TV and film work

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Emmy Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven tries stand-up, and will bring it to Israel on January 12 and 13, 2019 (Courtesy PR)
Emmy Award-winning actor Jeremy Piven tries stand-up, and will bring it to Israel on January 12 and 13, 2019 (Courtesy PR)

Comedian and actor Jeremy Piven is coming to Israel to do some stand-up on January 12 and 13 in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

With three Emmy Awards and one Golden Globe for his work portraying actor Ari Gold in the comedy series “Entourage,” Piven is known for his decades of acting work, but has only recently begun doing stand-up.

Piven told “The Jewish Journal” in November that he’s always been fascinated by stand-up and while he grew up in the theater and has done TV and film, he’s never told jokes onstage.

I really do feel like all roads lead to stand-up, and it’s been incredible,” said Piven in The Jewish Journal interview.

He has said in multiple interviews that it’s an honor to be able to travel and speak his truth on stage.

The actor’s stand-up routine has earned mixed reviews.

Piven said in The Jewish Journal that the act has continued to grow and change, as he performs and navigates the mores of different audiences. He mentioned that he talks about his bar mitzvah experience and will probably expand on that in his Israel shows.

His latest show, CBS drama “Wisdom of the Crowd,” was canceled last November after 13 episodes. The decision appeared to follow allegations by eight women that Piven had sexually harassed them during various work projects.

Piven vehemently denied the allegations and took and passed a lie detector test to try to prove the claims unfounded.

Piven was last in Israel in August 2016, visiting with NBA players and other minor celebrities. At the time, he celebrated his second bar mitzvah at the Western Wall.

Tickets for the January shows can be purchased on line at Kupat.

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