Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays kicks the holiday season into high-comedy gear
Remember when political correctness was a rich source of hilarious comedy? The ’90s were strange. But we’re done with all that and have just about recovered from the ’90s hangover that marred the ’00s. We’ve made it through and now know that this is simply the season to be thoughtful and kind and say "Merry Christmas" and not worry about it. Okay, maybe worry a little; I’m switching to "Season’s Niceness" just in case.
It’s doubtful that any of the comedians performing at the Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays show are worried though – they just want to have fun on a night that nothing much usually happens. "We wanted to get the bored Muslims and Jews together because there’s nothing going on that night," says show organizer and comedian Jeff Schouela, who, along with Eman, Dan Laxer, Faisal Butt, Robby Hoffman, Abdul Butt and Jessica Salomon will have ‘em rolling in the Gesù’s aisles (yes, the choice of venue is joyously comedic in itself). Schouela promises the show won’t be overly political or tense though: "It’s about celebrating this time of year with togetherness and laughter – we want everyone in the audience to hold hands, lock arms and hold on for dear life." On Dec. 23, get thee to the Gesù Theatre (1200 Bleury), 8 p.m., www.legesu.com.
That’s just one night out of many – this city may slow down, but it doesn’t ever really stop. If you’re happy at home with friends and family, well, fine, be that way. If the thought of watching repeats of third-rate reality TV shows while drinking more eggnog without enough rum is enough to make you, y’know, leave the house, then remember, you’ve got options: Cirque Mechanics’s wild west circus-with-machines, Boom Town, flies high at Tohu (2345 Jarry E.), to Jan. 2, www.latohu.ca; Cirque du Soleil’s futuristic Quidam continues at the Bell Centre, to Dec. 30; and the Wildside Festival starts up Jan. 4, with Miss Sugarpuss Must Die and Uncalled For’s Hypnogogic Logic, at Centaur Theatre (453 St-François-Xavier), to Jan. 16. Good holiday times! (Which can also be used as an appropriate greeting this season.)