Join us for a conversation with creators Peter Gethers and Dan Okrent and cast members from off-Broadway’s Old Jews Telling Jokes in which they will explore the hit revue that pays tribute to classic jokes of the past and present.
The discussion will be moderated by Sam Hoffman, creator of the popular website that inspired the show. The audience will also be treated to a laugh-out-loud performance from the cast.
What would you ask our panelists? Submit your questions below and they might get used on stage! So get questioning!
Daniel Okrent is a writer and editor, and best known for having served as the first public editor of The New York Times. He also invented Rotisserie League Baseball, and wrote several books, including Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, which served as a major source for the 2011 Ken Burns/Lynn Novick miniseries “Prohibition.” Most of his career has been spent as an editor, at such places as Alfred A. Knopf and TIME, Inc. His book Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center was a finalist for The Pulitzer Prize in history.
Peter Gethers is President of Random House Films as well as an editor and publisher at Random House, Inc., a screenwriter, television writer and producer, novelist, and non-fiction author of the bestselling trilogy about his Scottish Fold cat Norton: The Cat Who Went to Paris, A Cat Abroad and The Cat Who'll Live Forever. He too is a founding member of the Rotisserie Baseball League, the 1980 group that started the fantasy sports craze.
Sam Hoffman has enjoyed a 20-year-and-counting career in the New York feature film and television industry in producing, directing and assistant directing capacities. Most recently he Executive Produced John Carney’s Can A Song Save Your Life with Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo. Hoffman also Executive Produced the opening night film of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival: Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom.
In 2009, Hoffman created the renowned website OldJewsTellingJokes.com. The site’s video portraits have been viewed over 18 million times, been released on DVD and broadcast on the BBC. The site has been featured on countless blogs as well as in New York Magazine and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. Mr. Hoffman’s book, based on the site, is now in its fourth printing and the hit off-Broadway play Old Jews Telling Jokes will soon open in theaters around the USA and the world.
Currently, Hoffman is in preproduction on his feature writing and directing debut, Humor Me, a film inspired by his experience creating Old Jews Telling Jokes.
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