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Popular Stand Up Comedy Tour Adds Special Sukkot Run

Comedy for Koby founder Avi Liberman to host Modi in special Sukkot fundraising tour for the Koby Mandell Foundation. (Yissachar Ruas)
Comedy for Koby founder Avi Liberman to host Modi in special Sukkot fundraising tour for the Koby Mandell Foundation. (Yissachar Ruas)

Comedy for Koby, a highly popular stand-up comedy tour that has been entertaining audiences in Israel for over a decade has announced a special Sukkot show catering to the large number of visiting tourists who will be in the country for the holiday.

Founded in 2008, Comedy for Koby is a benefit for The Koby Mandell Foundation which works on behalf of victims of terror and other tragedies. The foundation is named for 13-year-old Koby Mandell who was murdered by terrorists in May of 2001 while hiking with his friend Yosef Ishran near his home in the town of Tekoa.

The Sukkot special running from September 25 to September 29 will feature Modi, one of the most sought-after acts on the stand-up comedy circuit, whose material has made him a particular favorite for Jewish audiences. Modi’s style pokes fun at many of the institutions and customs that Jewish audiences know best and his material is both highly relatable and hilarious.

“This tour has literally opened the door for American acts to realize that Israel is a place with great audiences and great shows and paved the way for comedians like Seinfeld and Chris Rock  to include Israel on their performance schedules,” says Avi Liberman, an accomplished comedian and founder of Comedy for Koby. “This Sukkot the tour will give our Comedy for Koby regulars as well as tourists here for the holiday a great look into what makes this show so special and there’s probably no better performer to send that message for this tour than Modi.”

The comedy special, with stops in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh and Raanana, will be hosted by Liberman, who is also responsible for recruiting the comedic talents that perform twice a year under the tour’s ever growing banner.

Over the years, the tour has succeeded in attracting top names in the world of American stand-up, including personalities who regularly appear on The Tonight Show and Comedy Central and A-list performers like Jeffrey Ross, Brian Regan, Alonzo Boden and many others.

Rabbi Seth and Sheri Mandell, cofounders of The Koby Mandell Foundation. Photo: Yissachar Ruas

“Comedy for Koby has become a critical source of support for our foundation and our ongoing work with the children at Camp Koby, but also a wonderful way to salute the memory of our son,” says Rabbi Seth Mandell. “By bringing the gift of laughter to so many people and also exposing the very best of Israel to these popular comedians and influencers, we are able to ensure that Koby’s tragedy is also achieving a level of good and really giving back to the community.”

The Foundation has recently embarked on a campaign to raise money for a Torah scroll to be used year round and at Camp Koby, marking the 18th anniversary of Koby and Yosef’s murder. “This will bring the children closer together, closer to Koby and Yosef, and closer to Am Yisrael,” said Rabbi Mandell. Donations can be made at www.torahforkoby.org

Tickets are priced at NIS 130 and NIS 200, and can be purchased here.