First appearing in 2008, Comedy for Koby has paved the way for some of America’s leading comedic acts to perform for audiences across Israel while raising funds for The Koby Mandell Foundation, which benefits victims of terror and other tragedies.
The upcoming tour will feature three names new to the Israeli stage: Tammy Pescatelli, DC Benny and Don McMillan. The tour’s host and opening performer is Avi Liberman, an accomplished comic who has appeared around the world and on late night television and founded Comedy for Koby as a way to introduce some of the best comedians to Israel while also supporting a worthy cause.
Over the past decade many of the comedians who have appeared on the tour have returned back to their homes and professions as informed ambassadors for Israel and the Jewish people. One act who came on the tour in 2011, Ian Edwards, even dedicated a whole set on the “Conan O’Brien show” to his experiences in the Holy Land.
“I take considerable pride in knowing that these comics, many of whom only have negative impressions about Israeli from media reports, are able to go back to the US and understand that this is really a great country with great people,” Liberman says. “And even better, they have the chance to perform and help raise money for a truly incredible organization.”
Tammy Pescatelli’s credits include “The Tonight Show,” “Last Comic Standing” and her own Netflix special, “Finding the Funny.” She uses her act to poke fun at the comic nature of couplehood, families and other familiar topics. DC Benny’s distinctive New York style is injected into his jokes, and his “Comedy Central Presents” show is one of the network highest-rated half-hour specials.
Don McMillan charted a different path into his profession than most comedians, one that helps define his style on stage. Originally an engineer, he realized the comic value in much of the corporate and tech world and has made a living poking fun at it for the past several decades. His act integrates a sizable component performed completely in PowerPoint, as he described the idiocies behind those corporate presentations we’ve all been forced to sit through.
Comedy for Koby begins on November 29 in Beit Shemesh followed by shows in Gush Etzion, Airport City (Chevel Modiin), Jerusalem, Raanana and Tel Aviv.
Tickets and more info are available at www.comedyforkoby.com or by calling 054 659-7795/6.