by Phyllis Wolf
Italian American, African American, Vietnamese American and Indian American Jewish stand-up comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Joe Nguyen and Samson Koletkar will visit from the Bay Area on March 3, 2018 at the JCC, 5520 Wyoming Boulevard NE, to share their own experiences about being ‘undercover’ members of the tribe! The show has sold out performances in the USA and Canada. Just think of it as Indian spices topping a matzah pizza served with Vietnamese iced-coffee in an African American bakery.
Mike Capozzola is a Bay Area based stand-up comedian and a published cartoonist. He’s also appeared in a batch of TV commercials. He’s a regular invited performer at San Francisco SketchFest and has performed in London, Edinburgh, Vancouver and Jerusalem.
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.
Samson Koletkar (aka Mahatma Moses) was born in Mumbai and raised Jewishly. Growing up in the world’s most crowded city, he spent most of his childhood years burning the midnight candles earning a Master’s degree in computer software, thereby fulfilling his parent’s dreams. He then moved half-way across the world, to the technology headquarters and a hotbed for emerging comics – San Francisco.
Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a first-generation immigrant 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. BookMyShow named him one of 10 Best Indian-Origin Comedians of the Last Decade, and he has been featured on NBC, CBS, NPR.
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.
Advanced reservations are encouraged. Tickets are $20 for JCC members, students and seniors, $25 for general admission. Tickets are available at jccabq.org, holdmyticket.com, by calling 505-348-4500, or at the JCC Member Services office. For more information about You’re Funny, but You Don’t Look Jewish, visit http://www.yourefunnybutyoudontlookjewish.com