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Comedy for Koby is back!

At the end of May 2016, the Spring Tour of Comedy for Koby begins, featuring the amazing talents of TY BARNETT, RYAN HAMILTON, SARGE  & hosted by Comedy for Koby founder, AVI LIBERMAN!

Comedy for Koby Poster May 2016-06

This is a fantastic  evening of laughter for an important cause. Here are the dates and cities for the Spring show:

MODIIN – Sunday, May 29th, 8:30pm – Heichal Hatarbut, Emek Dotan 49

BEIT SHEMESH – Monday, May 30th, 8:30pm – Eshkol Hapayis, Aliyat Hanoar 6

TEL AVIV – Wednesday, June 1st, 8:30pm – Tzavta 1, Ibn Gvirol 30

JERUSALEM – Thursday, June 2nd, 7:00pm & 9:30pm – Beit Shmuel Hirsch Theater, Shama 6

GUSH ETZION – Saturday Night, June 4th, 9:30pm – Matnas Gush Etzion

HERZLIYA/RAANANA – Sunday, June 5th, 8:30pm – Herzliya Performing Arts Center Jabotinsky 15

All proceeds from the tour go to help bereaved families who have lost ones to terror and tragedy. Sadly over the last few months, this community has grown ever-larger and the need for the Foundation’s resources has only expanded.


Comedy for Koby Tour Features Leading Names in American Comedy

(May 2, 2016 – JERUSALEM) In response to the growing popularity of English-performing stand up artists on Israeli stages, three top American comedians are preparing to appear in the multi-city tour with sales to benefit victims of terror and tragedy. Ryan Hamilton, Ty Barnett and Sarge are all accomplished comedic actors who have previously appeared on late night television, in film and major comedy clubs and stages around the world.

The three will all perform in Israel for the first time under the Comedy for Koby banner beginning May 29th. Comedy for Koby is the twic

e annual stand up comedy fundraising tour for The Koby Mandell Foundation, benefitting bereaved families and victims of terror. The tour, hosted by Israeli born, Los Angeles- based comedian Avi Liberman, will be showing in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Modiin, Gush Etzion and Herzliya.

“I look forward to every tour,” said the Nahariya-born Liberman who has been coming to Israel to perform for over a decade. “All three of these guys are not only hilarious, but it’s interesting to see their impressions of the country as they visit for the first time.”

Hamilton was named as one of Rolling Stone’s “Five Comics to Watch” and has appeared on Conan O’Brian, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Comics Unleashed and the Late Late Show. “I’ve been trying to work out my schedule to be on this tour for several years,” said Hamilton. “And I’ve been hoping to get to Israel long before that. Can’t wait!”

Barnett, a finalist on Last Comic Standing, has appeared multiple times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as on HBO’s “Bad Boys of Comedy”. “Comedy is universal,” said Barnett. “Laughter is needed in this world and I’m very proud to be a part of making that happen.”

Sarge has been featured on HBO and Comedy Central and CBS. He has performed in Radio City Music Hall in New York and has opened for Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and the Beach Boys. A musical savant able to play by ear, Sarge incorporates piano into his set.

“I am so stoked to be part of this legendary tour and can’t wait to meet the people,” said Sarge. “Its my first trip to Israel. I was born a black Jew at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach. How cool that I’ll be spending my birthday (June 1st) in the shadows of Mt. Sinai? For one whole week it’ll be the land of milk and FUNNY!”

All proceeds from the Comedy for Koby tour go to benefit programs of The Koby Mandell Foundation, named in memory of 13 year old Koby Mandell, who was killed in a terror attack in 2001. Working with bereaved children and families, the Foundation offers ongoing social and therapeutic programs including Camp Koby.

Past comics who have performed under the Comedy for Koby banner include Roastmaster General Jeffrey Ross, Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr., opening act for Jerry Seinfeld Mark Schiff, Emmy Award winning Judy Gold and Comic Strip Live’s Wayne Cotter.

“Bringing this level of comedy to Israel gives us so much joy,” said Seth Mandell, father of Koby and co-founder of the Foundation. “It allows others to associate me and my family with a smile and a laugh rather than just with sadness and trepidation. Not only does the money from the shows go to help the bereaved families, but the shows bring much needed laughter and release for the community at a time of tension and near daily terror.

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