David Steinberg Takes Us Inside Comedy
Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Hosted by Alan Gordon
In the Mishkan and on Zoom
An intimate conversation with David Steinberg, a rabbi’s son from Winnipeg, Canada, who at age fifteen enrolled at Hebrew Theological College in Chicago (the rabbinate wasn’t for him) and four years later, entered the master’s program in English literature at the University of Chicago, until he saw Lenny Bruce, the “Blue Boy” of Comedy, the coolest guy Steinberg had ever seen, and joined Chicago’s Second City improvisational group, becoming, instead, the comedian’s comedian, director, actor, working with, inspired by, teaching, and learning from the most celebrated, admired, complicated comedians, then and now. In his new book, Steinberg shares stories, reminiscences, tales of directing, touring, performing, and, the voices of comedians themselves, and makes clear why he loves comedy and comedians who have been by his side in his work, and in his life, for more than sixty years. From a man who has travelled alongside George Burns, Lenny Bruce, Sid Caesar, Lucille Ball, Mel Brooks, and Carl Reiner, et al., to the newer greats: Carol Burnett, Steve Martin, Lily Tomlin, Billy Crystal, Bob Newhart, and the man for all comedy, Martin (Marty) Short; and to the greats of right now: Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Wanda Sykes; and more . . . A funny, moving, provocative, insightful look into the soul, wit, and bite of comedy and comedians–a universe unto itself–of the last half-century.
Alan Gordon is a semi-retired Producer/Writer/Content Developer who has enjoyed an active career in broadcast network television and in ALL media – including Live, New and Electronic. He has produced documentaries for the American History Channel, as well as for CBC’s Biography series, and was the Producer/Director of Spring Thaw, a Musical Stage production that toured 25 cities across Canada in the ’80s. In leading the initiative to create a broadcast museum for the CBC, Alan was responsible for generating the development and production of all content and design. In non‐traditional Media, Alan has developed and produced completely interactive presentations in a large screen format for museums and aquaria for Immersion Studios, including the Shaw Festival and the Province of Prince Edward Island. Alan is a long-time member of Holy Blossom Temple. A very long time.