JCC’s ‘Remember the Catskills’ Evening Features Comedy and Song

Aug 12, 2019

Ethnic humor is breaking out all over on LBI.

On Aug. 11, comedian Mike Marino performed his “Make American Italian Again” show at Surflight Theatre. Now, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, comedian Larry Donsky and the singing duo the Jersey Chix will perform a “Remember the Catskills” show at the Jewish Community Center of LBI, located at 24th Street and Long Beach Boulevard in Spray Beach.

Tickets are $35 for the show, wine, light refreshments and dessert. Call 609-492-4090 for tickets or purchase them online at jccoflbi.org. A limited number will be available at the door.

The Catskills region was home to a number of thriving Jewish resorts in their heyday – from the 1920s through the 1970s – such as Grossinger’s, the Nevele Grande, Kutsher’s and many more. Indeed there were more than 500 hotels in Sullivan, Orange and Ulster counties, so many that the mountains were nicknamed the Jewish Alps and the Borscht Belt. Jewish comics who honed their skills in the larger resorts included Woody Allen, Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Seinfeld, Henny Youngman, Sid Caesar, Billy Crystal, Buddy Hackett, Gabe Kaplan, Andy Kaufman and Joan Rivers.

Donsky fits in best with the likes of Dangerfield and, especially, Youngman – he’s a joke-teller and was one of the first people featured on the popular website “Old Jews Telling Jokes,” first launched in 2009.

If you check the Jersey Chix out on YouTube, it is easy to imagine them entertaining the crowd in a Catskills resort lounge. The duo, who are BFF’s and have worked together for many a year, sing everything from Broadway to Motown to jazz and rock, and their voices meld perfectly. —R.M.

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