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Sixth & I Historic SynagogueDoors 6:30PM / Show 7:30PM Add to Calendar
SpeakeasyDC and Sixth and I present our 6th Annual Hannukkah night of funny, poignant, powerful, and peculiar autobiographical stories about all things Jewish, not-so-Jewish, and wanna-be Jewish. Hear true stories about mikvehs, youth groups, orthodoxy, and more by storytellers Layla McCay, Max Rosenblum, Matty Litwack, Annie Lipsitz, Hannah Goldstein, and Adam Ruben.
Hosted by Amy Saidman, SpeakeasyDC’s artistic executive director.
Amy Saidman is known best for her victories at Purim festivals far and wide, claiming the coveted goldfish-in-a-bag prize many times. Her favorite Hebrew school song is Wherever you go, there’s always someone Jewish and believes JDate.com is a scam. When not watching Fiddler on the Roof, she spends her time as Artistic Executive Director of SpeakeasyDC, which is how she weaseled into this show.
Matty Litwack is a young DC comedian with an intelligent and silly brand of comedy. Matty has worked at clubs such as the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse and DC Improv, and in 2011 he was a semi-finalist in the TBS/Rooftop National College Comedy Competition
Adam Ruben, a writer, comedian and molecular biologist. A storytelling teacher for SpeakeasyDC, Ruben is the author of Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School (Random House, 2010). He currently co-hosts “Outrageous Acts of Science” on the Science Channel.
Layla McCay runs the acclaimed DC storytelling interrogation show Perfect Liars Club. She is a Moth StorySLAM winner, and has also told true stories for SpeakeasyDC, Story League, and Spark London - in addition to many possibly-true stories at Perfect Liars Club. In real life she works in global health and is the eponymous Brit behind DC's local Brit About Town blog.
Rabbi Hannah Goldstein has been the Assistant Rabbi at Temple SInai since 2013. She received her rabbinic ordination at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in New York in 2013. She completed a Masters in Religious Education at HUC-JIR in the spring of 2011. Hannah grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and studied English and Politics as an undergraduate at Brandeis University. She was Co-President of the HUC-JIR Rabbinical School student body and has been engaged in social justice work through her engagement with HUC's soup kitchen, the American Jewish World Service and the Religious Action Center.
Max Rosenblum is a stand-up comedian and founder of Last Resort Comedy, which produces free weekly comedy shows in DC. Max has been performing standup comedy in Washington for over two years. In that time, he’s performed at Baltimore’s Charm City Comedy Festival and Artscape Festival, as well as on the acclaimed Los Angeles-based storytelling podcast RISK! He’s has experience in storytelling, improvisational comedy, and sketch comedy, and even co-hosted a radio programme for a while. One more thing: Max co-produces a monthly burlesque and comedy show in Washington, DC. The show is a mix of DC’s elite comedians and best burlesque dancers.
Annie Lipsitz -- sometimes mistaken for a cartoon character -- is known for her mind-boggling dance moves, her expert tofu-frying prowess and her entire second wardrobe, comprised entirely of leggings. Annie walks in brimming over with the tiny moments of life, telling stories, making others laugh, riding her bike all over town and being generally rowdy. Her secret wish is to be a motivational dancer at Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties.
WhereSixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St, NW Washington, DC