Comedian will emcee online City Winery program
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Comedian will emcee online City Winery program

Comedian Joel Chasnoff will emcee the eighth annual “Christmas Eve for the Jews” online on December 24 for the City Winery.

For the last eight years, “Christmas Eve for the Jews” has been sold out in both New York City and Chicago. This year, it will be online.

“When I first pitched City Winery on the idea of a Christmas Eve comedy show, we didn’t know if anyone would show up,” Mr. Chasnoff said. “But they did — in droves! Apparently, Jews were really excited to finally have something cool to do on Christmas Eve — something just for them.”

This year’s highlights include headlining comedian Mark Normand, who has appeared many times on “The Tonight Show” and “Conan”; Jess Kirson, who has been on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”; Ophira Eisenberg, host of NPR’s “Ask Me Another,” and Toronto sketch comedy group Comedies Never Win.

Joel Chasnoff has been a full-time comedian for 20 years. He has performed at more than 1,000 Jewish events in 10 countries — everything from the Melbourne Comedy Festival to Chabad Centers in Zurich and Lima, and on Israeli late-night television.

Mr. Chasnoff also is an author. He wrote a comedic memoir, “The 188th Crybaby Brigade,” about his year in the Israel Defense Forces; he co-authored the cookbook “Balaboosta” with Israeli chef Einat Admony; and in 2022 St. Martin’s Press will publish his latest, “There Is No Ball.” It’s a book about tennis co-written with coach Ian Westermann of EssentialTennis.com.

Mr. Chasnoff will donate a portion of all sales to Jewish nonprofits, including Leket Israel Food Bank and United Synagogue Youth. For more information, go to joelchasnoff.com and citywinery.com.

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