There’s a reason why XM and Sirius satellite radio play Rabbi Bob Alper’s bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Bob’s unique background…he’s an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary…prepared him well for a twenty-year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s intelligent, sophisticated, and 100% clean.
Audiences adore him, from an SRO crowd at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival to a standing ovation before 2,700 people at New York’s famed Chautauqua Institution. He’s even appeared at The Hollywood IMPROV.
Bob performs all across North America and England, at corporate events, theatres, non-profits, conventions, private parties, churches, and, naturally, synagogues. And he’s done over 100 shows with his Arab and Muslim comedy partners, at a variety of venues, but primarily colleges and universities.
Bob’s 90-minute stand-up act is fast-paced, with impeccable timing and material that’s definitely sharp yet gentle and unhurtful. In addition, he offers an informative, hilarious event called “The Spirituality of Laughter,” which is particularly appropriate for religious organizations, civic groups, school and hospital in-services, etc.
The rabbi-comedian draws tremendous media attention, and, among others, has been seen on Good Morning America, Showtime, the BBC, CNN, and was featured on Extra, TV's top-rated entertainment program, immediately following a segment on the size of Jennifer Lopez's buttocks.
In addition to being a full-time stand-up comic and conducting annual High Holyday services, Bob is the author of two books that further showcase his considerable talents: Life Doesn't Get Any Better Than This, an inspirational collection now in its fifth printing, and the award-winning full-color cartoon book A Rabbi Confesses. He’s also produced two best-selling comedy CDs.
Bob resides in rural Vermont with his wife Sherri, a psychotherapist. They are empty-nest parents of Zack and Jessie.
And here's what www.theseriouscomedysite.com says about this album:
Rabbi and stand-up comic doesn’t sound like a funny combination but it is. Fans of religious humor, autobiographical comics, clean jokes, and a well-told funny story will definitely enjoy Bob Alper’s Rabbi / Stand-up Comic (Really). Bob Alper knows how to tell a funny story; he’s got the timing and delivery of a professional comic because he is a professional comic. This is not some comedy CD by some guy who thinks he’s funny but a solid comedy CD period.
The jokes on this CD are not of the “Two Jews walked into a bar” variety but more observational comedy about the Jewish community and life as a rabbi. This is original enough but Alper also has funny stories about his family, his travels, and differences between old Hebrew and modern Hebrew. If you are Jewish, you will definitely get all the inside jokes on this CD. If you are just a fan of comedy, you will enjoy the simplicity of Bob Alper’s comedy and Rabbi / Stand-up Comic. In an age where comedy has become angrier, more intellectual, more political, and where there is a certain meanness behind a lot of the material, Bob Alper is a fresh, easygoing, relaxing but, most important, very funny voice. Although many of the jokes on this CD are very specific to being Bob Alper, there are quite a few that you could definitely use yourself at the office or with your friends (be nice enough to mention where you got your “material”)
Some may be familiar with the name Bob Alper as he and Muslim comic Ahmed Ahmed have a road show called One Arab, One Jew, One Stage, Two Very Funny Guys and it has garnered national attention through CNN, NPR and so on. If you a not familiar with Bob Alper, Rabbi / Stand-Up Comic will definitely be a different but very good addition to a decent comedy CD collection.