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Comedian Performs Two Impromptu Shows in Israel

Irish-Catholic comedian Jim Gaffigan is making the most of his vacation in Israel.

By: Miriam Cross

Published: April 1st, 2010 in Culture » Stage » News

Comedian Performs Two Impromptu Shows in Israel

Top American stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan has agreed to perform two last-minute nightclub shows during his vacation in Israel.

The Irish-Catholic Gaffigan performed last Friday at the Arab-Hebrew Theater in Jaffa and will perform this Saturday night at the tiny Off the Wall Comedy Club in Jerusalem – just for fun.

Gaffigan is one of America’s most high-profile comics, with an extremely popular stand-up act, numerous appears on the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien shows, his own Comedy Central specials, and roles in films, TV shows, and TV commercials.

“I’m really here on a religious pilgrimage we’re Catholic and we decided to spend the holy week in Jerusalem,” Gaffigan told The Jerusalem Post. “I was doing a show in London, and this week coincided with the kids’ spring break, so my wife decided on short notice to bring everyone for the week. I sort of mentioned it to a few friends, and they started connecting me with people here, and before I knew it I was performing in Tel Aviv last week and in Jerusalem this week.”

Local comic Benji Lovitt opened for him in Tel Aviv (click here to read our interview with Lovitt) – and called opening for Gaffigan “a blast” – while another local comedian, Charley Warady, will be opening for him in Jerusalem.

About his Jewish connection, Gaffigan told the Post, “I feel a Jewish attachment because I know a lot of Yiddish, and I know and like so many Jewish comedians. Anyway, Catholics are only very liberal Jews.”

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