The Laugh in Peace Tour

Noor Islamic Cultural Center of Dublin, Ohio, would like to invite you to a function that will be held at Congregation Terifth Israel on April 10th. It is a new kind of interfaith activity where three comedians representing the three Abrahamic faiths will share with the audience the funny sides of their communities.

Congregation Tifereth Israel’s Spotlight Series presents the Laugh in Peace Tour, starring comedians Rabbi Bob Alper, Azhar Usman and Rev. Susan Sparks, at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at Congregation Tifereth Israel, 1354 E. Broad St.

Sirius/XM satellite radio plays Rabbi Bob Alper‘s comedy bits several times daily. He is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Trained as an attorney, Azhar Usman is a Chicago-based Muslim comedian, actor, producer, activist and founder of the popular “Allah Made Me Funny – The Official Muslim Comedy Tour.”

A trial lawyer turned stand-up comedian and Baptist minister, Rev. Susan Sparks is America’s only female comedian with a pulpit. She is the Senior Pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City, and the author of “Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor.”

Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for students. To order tickets, call Shelley at (614) 253-8523, or send a check payable to Congregation Tifereth Israel to: Congregation Tifereth Israel, Attn: Spotlight Tickets, 1354 E. Broad Street, Columbus 43205.

Here is some more information about two of the comics from the AEI Speakers Bureau website:

The New York Times declared that they “had the audience convulsing.” And that’s just what to expect when comedians Azhar Usman, a Muslim, and Rabbi Bob Alper (a Jew, of course) take the stage.

There’s a reason why XM / Sirius satellite radio plays Vermont resident Rabbi Bob Alper‘s comedy 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-three year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that’s hilarious, sophisticated, and 100% clean.

Azhar Usman is perhaps the world’s most famous American Muslim comedian. He was the subject of an entire episode of ABC’s Nightline, and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. He hails from Chicago, with roots from the Indian subcontinent, and has performed throughout the US and in numerous foreign countries with the “Allah Made Me Funny” comedy tour.

Together, Bob and Azhar perform at colleges, churches, synagogues, and theaters in a show that The Detroit Free Press calls “one of the most unusual and uplifting cross-cultural experiences you’ll have this year.”

Rabbi Bob Alper also performs with Nazareth, a Palestinian Christian, and Mo Amer, a Muslim born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents, and occasionally he adds a third comedian to the act, Rev. Susan Sparks, minister of the Madison Avenue Baptist Church, NYC, stand-up comic and former lawyer.

If you’re interested in having the Laugh in Peace Tour come to your area, contact the AEI Speakers Bureau at 1-800-44-SPEAK or visit the individual comedians’ websites (see links above).