Join Jewish Comedians Rachel Creeger & Philip Simon for their comedy podcast, a chat show about all things Jewish, produced by Russell Balkind. This week’s guests are stand up comic and writer Josh Howie and comedian and activist Noam Shuster.
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Writer and star of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom Josh Howie’s Losing It (nominated for a BBC Radio Award) Josh is a much in-demand stand-up comic, performing regularly at all the major comedy clubs around the UK. Over the previous few years Josh has also taken his distinctive brand of humor to India, Ireland, UAE, France, China, Thailand, Switzerland, Finland, Estonia and America. In 2012, he was invited to perform at the prestigious Just for Laugh’s comedy festival in Montreal, where he filmed the internationally distributed Just For Laugh’s All Access TV show. In addition, Josh has written and performed numerous solo shows for the Edinburgh Festival, before sell-out runs at the Soho Theatre, appeared on Dave’s As Yet Untitled with Eddie Izzard, two series of the Comedy Central show Comedy Store, and featured on World Stands Up and Comedy Blue for the same channel. He spent four years as the writer/presenter of The Movie Geek on Sky Movies. Often praised for his writing talent, Josh has a regular column in the Jewish Chronicle and has contributed features to The Guardian, The Times, and The Daily Mail. Josh can currently be seen on My5 TV in the UK in the sitcom “Hapless”, written by Gary Sinyor.
Noam Shuster-Eliassi is a freelance comedian, performer, peacebuilder and activist. A graduate of Brandeis University, she grew up in Neve Shalom Wahat Al Salam (“Oasis of Peace”), the only community where Jews and Palestinians live together by choice, and she performs in three languages – Hebrew, Arabic and English. In 2018, she was named the “New Jewish Comedian of the Year” in London. That same year, she was also the first Jewish performer in the Palestine Comedy Festival and her content went viral in the Arab media. Before lockdown, Noam was at Harvard Divinity School’s Religion, Conflict, and Peace Initiative developing her one-woman show in Hebrew, English and Arabic, entitled “Coexistence My Ass”. Public Radio International’s (PRI) “The World” show recently did a profile of Noam and her work: https://bit.ly/37wFgY5. On her return to Israel, Noam caught Covid 19 and spent time in a “Corona Hotel”, the story of this experience is being developed for the screen.
*This episode was recorded under lockdown conditions.