Italian American, African American, Vietnamese American and Indian American Jewish stand-up comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Joe Nguyen and Samson Koletkar will share the stage and their own experiences about being ‘undercover’ members of the tribe! The show has sold out performances in the USA & Canada. Just think of it as Indian spices topping a matzot pizza served with Vietnamese iced coffee in an African American Bakery…Two and a half years after their sold out show at Rhythmix, “You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish” returns for an encore performance.
”What a terrific show and overall idea! The performers each had a distinct style and sense of humor. “You’re Funny But You Don’t Look Jewish” was like a comedy buffet of sophisticated, intelligent laughs.” -Mary Louise Albert Artistic Managing Director Chutzpah! Festival/Norman Rothstein Theatre, Vancouver BC
MIKE CAPOZZOLA is a Bay Area based stand up comedian and a published cartoonist. He’s also appeared in a batch of TV commercials that you’ve shut off. He’s a regular invited performer at SF SketchFest and has performed in London, Edinburgh, Vancouver and Jerusalem. Other jobs have included three different species of mascot, a police sketch artist, substitute teacher and taxi driver. (Less exciting than the film). (www.capozzola.com)
African American humorist, filmmaker and stage artist GINA GOLD grew up in a New York neighborhood thinking “oy vey” was something all black people said. Gold became an artist and filmmaker, launching her own show on a New York cable access channel. Calling it “The Gina Gold Show,” she filled the airtime with comedic, sometimes surreal, Saturday Night Live-style sketches and short films. She currently produces “TMI Storytelling”, an unpolished monthly show on funny, provocative topics. (www.theginagoldshow.com)
Subtle but sharp, laid-back yet engaging, JOE NGUYEN is the smart slacker beloved by audiences for his easygoing delivery and well-written jokes. Raised in Georgia by immigrants of Vietnamese and Jewish descent, Joe was destined to become a stand-up comedian. His unique perspective and likable stage presence have made him a favorite at clubs, colleges, niche shows and private events throughout the country. Joe is a regular at the Punch Line in San Francisco and Sacramento, Cobb’s Comedy Club in SF and Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale. He won the 2009 Russian River Comedy Competition and has been featured on KOFY TV. (www.vietjew.com)
SAMSON KOLETKAR was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. Growing up in the world’s most crowded city, he spent most of his childhood years burning the midnight candles for earning a Masters in Computer Software, thereby fulfilling his parents’ dreams. He then moved half-way across the world to the silicon valley. As a first generation immigrant in America, Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a global perspective. Driven by personal trials and tribulations, his subtle satire addresses religious and political hypocrisies, social issues, and day-to-day absurdities of human nature. He has performed at clubs, colleges and corporations in India, Canada and 18 states in U.S. & has been featured on Asian Jewish Life, Indian Express, NBC Bay Area, CBS and NPR. (www.mahatma-moses.com)