Maybe We’ll Have You Back:
The Life of a Perennial TV Guest Star by Fred Stoller
Standing Up: A Memoir of a Funny (Not Always) Life by Marion Grodin
The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf
Join us as we welcome back emcee Alan Muskovitz for a bigger and better night of comedy at the JCC! We guarantee you will laugh – or your money back! Our Comedy Committee spent the past 12 months scouring the globe to find not one, but three hilarious comedians who also have written books.
Fred Stoller has appeared in more television sitcoms than most in Hollywood – “Friends,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Scrubs,” “Hannah Montana,” “My Name Is Earl,” and was a staff writer for “Seinfeld.” But he can’t seem to land a steady role. Join us as Fred Stoller shares his hilarious and bittersweet story as the actor nobody knows and his work as a stand-up comic who goes from set to set, trying to find a permanent acting gig. Learn his stories of a disastrous one-night stand with Kathy Griffin and a humiliating encounter with Billy Crystal.
“A view from the trenches of show business by a comic actor straddling the line between success and obscurity.” – Kirkus Reviews
Marion Grodin, daughter of funnyman Charles Grodin, knows first-hand that laughter is truly the best medicine. Not only did she make it through breast cancer and divorce, she survived various addictions, including an inappropriate relationship with Haagen-Dazs. Grodin has shared the stage with everyone from Jerry Seinfield to Roseanne Barr to Robin Williams. Her hilarious riffs include the story of growing large breasts that appeared seemingly overnight, her post-divorce life, a “slight” weight gain and how she relied on her wise support group: her cats.
“In the world of comedy, Marion Gordin has been a hidden treasure for far too long. All you have to do is open this book and that treasure of funny is yours.” – Lewis Black, New York Times bestselling author and comedian
University of Michigan grad and Detroit native Mindy Raf is a writer, stand-up comic and musician who has written for VH1, TNT and the Daily Comedy Network.
Her debut novel is stocked with colorful characters and smart dialogue that alternate between a teen girl’s imagined neurosis and meaningful scenes dealing with her mother’s illness. Not your typical teenage girl drama...
“It’s a generous book, overstocked with characters and dialogue, and it should succeed in putting any reader’s problem into a wider, and funnier, perspective.” – Booklist
Co-sponsored by Hillel of Metro Detroit, Wayne State University and Cohn Haddow Center for Judaic Studies
Cash bar available.
Reservations required by November 8 (reserved seating available) to 248.432.5462.