Looking for a good laugh on May 4? Bolton Street Synagogue has got you covered.
The Roland Park synagogue’s 6th annual spring event — “Go for the Gold!” — features gourmet food, a silent and live auction, and a hilarious new performance by Emmy Award-winning Jewish comedian Judy Gold. (Jmore is the media sponsor of the event.)
Born in Newark, N.J., and now based in New York, Gold, 56, is plenty familiar with the comedic sensibilities of American Jews.
“[Judaism] is my comedy,” Gold says. “We are taught to think out of the box.”
Gold says she has performed for most branches of Judaism — Reform, Orthodox or otherwise — and she’s been around the comedy circuit as well, having appeared on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The View,” “The Today Show” and “The Steve Harvey Show.”
She even had a one-woman show titled, “25 Questions for a Jewish Mother,” which was based on interviews with more than 50 American Jewish mothers.
How’s that for bona fides?
Gold, known for her work as a writer and producer on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” also guest-starred on numerous sitcoms, including “Broad City,” “30 Rock” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.”
Gold’s newest standup special, “Kill Me Now,” is on Spotify, and reveals her candid and amusing observation on the Big Apple, diets and life as an actress.
Her podcast of the same name, started in 2015, follows Gold as she asks celebrities like Tim Daly, Sandra Bernhard and Elayne Boosler about what makes them angry. (“Kill Me Now” can be found on most major podcast sites as well as her own website.)
Jmore recently spoke with Gold about her thoughts on the upcoming Bolton Street Synagogue show.
“I’m excited,” she says, “I’m going to be with people who get me.”
Regarding her Jewish upbringing and how it influenced her comedy, Gold says, “We’re taught that everything has an interpretation. Jews constantly argue, and that feeds comedy.”
Gold is noted as being highly active in both the Jewish and LGBTQ communities. Her brash sense of humor and energetic personality should stir things up a bit on May 4.
“Turn off your TV, turn off the news and let’s all f—–g laugh,” Gold says about her upcoming performance.
For tickets and information, go to auctria.com. Proceeds from the event benefit education and music programs at Bolton Street Synagogue.