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Rabbi brings comedy to Grass Valley

There’s a reason why Sirius/XM satellite radio plays Rabbi Bob Alper’s comedy bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Bob’s unique background … he’s an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary … prepared him well for a 23 year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100 percent clean.

And so it’ll be 90 minutes of non-stop laughter on Monday, March 1, when Rabbi Bob Alper, “the world’s only practicing clergyman doing stand-up comedy … intentionally,” makes his Grass Valley debut in a program open to the entire community. (People brand Bob’s shows as “Gentile friendly.”)

The New York Times put it succinctly: Bob “… had the audience convulsing.”

The Chicago Tribune described Bob’s act as “Hilarious. Relaxed, clean, unhurtful. A warm type of humor.”

Bob’s fresh, contemporary, and totally “unorthodox” style has been delighting audiences from Hollywood’s IMPROV to The Montreal Comedy Festival. And his unique brand of humor appeals to everyone – from a synagogue or church crowd to corporate events, colleges, and theaters throughout North America and London.

A native of Providence, R.I., Bob is a graduate of Lehigh University, was ordained at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, and is the first Jewish person ever to earn a doctorate from the Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served congregations in Buffalo and Philadelphia, where he continues to conduct High Holiday services.

Bob began his comedy career in 1986 when he entered the “Jewish Comic of the Year Contest” at the Going Bananas club in Philadelphia. Television, radio and personal appearances followed as he quickly honed his distinctive approach to stand-up. He has been seen on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Showtime, the BBC, and CNN, among many others.

Today, Bob performs nearly 80 shows per year, drawing tremendous audience numbers and response. His humor is fast-paced and sophisticated, yet gentle and unhurtful: all in all, a charming and affable comedian.

In addition to his solo shows, Bob performs frequently in an extraordinary pairing with Muslim comedian Azhar Usman.

Bob is the author of two books that further showcase his considerable talents: “Life Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This,” an inspirational collection now in its fifth printing, and the award-winning full-color cartoon book “A Rabbi Confesses.” He’s also produced two best-selling comedy CDs, and is proud to announce the release of his new, 102-minute DVD, “What are you … a comedian?”

Bob resides in rural Vermont with his wife Sherri, a psychotherapist. They are empty-nest parents of Zack and Jessie.

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