The Third Annual Chanukahstravaganza: 'Twas The Night Before Chanukah

A Fundraiser for the Squirrel Hill JCC and the Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care

The Third Annual Chanukahstravaganza: 'Twas The Night Before Chanukah

Ilana Michelle Rubin, Lana Schwartz, Yaari Nadav Tal, Ophira Eisenberg, Anna Roisman, Maya Deshmukh, Eitan Levine, Matt Koff, Sam Reece, Ali Levin

Sat · December 1, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

$8 Advance / $10 Day of Show

This event is 21 and over

**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

*Individual performer appearances subject to change without notice. 

The Third Annual Chanukahstravaganza: 'Twas The Night Before Chanukah
The Third Annual Chanukahstravaganza: 'Twas The Night Before Chanukah
Lana Schwartz and Ilana Michelle Rubin are two Jewish (you might have guessed), native New Yorkers who always get pretty lonely around the holiday season. For the third year, they've invited some of the funniest Jewish comedians in New York City (where else?) to help them celebrate the Miracle of Lights: Chanukah. Hannukah. Hanukah. However you choose to spell it. There will be songs, there will be laughter, there will be surprises, and you know there will be snacks.

This is not a Christmas show. This isn't even holiday show. This is a Chanukah show. People of all faiths are, of course, welcome.
Ilana Michelle Rubin
Ilana Michelle Rubin
Ilana Michelle Rubin is a writer, stand up comedian, and improviser who often wonders how Drake spends his days off. Her work has been featured on Reductress, Daily Dot, and Play Too Much. In addition to being part of Nanners Comedy, she is also a writer and actor for the web show Deada$$, a parody late night talk show.

She loves Twitter and Instagram much to her own detriment, so please follow her on both platforms (please). Ilana previously worked at MTV, where she gained professional producing experience. These days she spends her afternoons babysitting, raising New York City’s youth to the best of her ability, while focusing more of her time on her comedy career.

One time in high school, her friends paid her $10 to dance silently for half an hour, and that is something she would happily do again today.
Lana Schwartz
Lana Schwartz
Lana Schwartz is a writer who was born, raised, and continues to live in New York City. She is a member of the sketch teams 17:38 and Deathbird, the latter of which currently has a show running at UCB called HINT: A Murder Mystery. Lana was previously a contributor at StarWipe, and she's also written for The New Yorker, The Hairpin, Above Average, The Toast, mental_floss, and various other sites around the internet. As one half of Nanners Comedy, Lana creates videos for the internet and hosts the monthly variety show My Hometown. By day, Lana is a writer at an environmental non-profit, which means she's happy to talk about climate change literally any time you would like. For more on Lana, as well as instructions on how to pronounce her name, please visit www.lanalikebanana.com.
Yaari Nadav Tal
Yaari Nadav Tal
Yaari Nadav Tal is a comedian and podcaster both and raised in Queens, NY. He hosts 2 podcasts, Influenca and Obnoxious Laughter, and 3 shows per month. Let him play with your pets!
Ophira Eisenberg
Ophira Eisenberg
Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR’s hit trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another where she has interviewed and played silly games with the likes of Sir Patrick Stewart, Connie Britton, Weird Al, Josh Groban, George Takei, Ethan Hawke, Ellie Kemper, Lewis Black, Uzo Aruba and more. She has appeared on HBO’s Girls, Comedy Central & @midnight, The Late Late Show, The Today Show, and VH-1. Ophira's debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film with Zucker Productions. She is also a regular host and teller with The Moth and released her second comedy album BANGS! on Comedy Dynamics.
Anna Roisman
Anna Roisman
Anna is a comedian, actress, producer, host, writer, content creator, and singer based in NYC. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in TV Production. Anna's videos have been featured on Funny Or Die, Ad Week, the LA Times, Splitsider, MTV, Huffington Post, WhoHaha, College Humor, Elite Daily, Bark&Co, The Daily Dot, People, WICF Daily, and more. Anna is the creator of the series, "The Unemployed Show" which airs live on Facebook weekly on facebook.com/TheUnemployedShow. Anna went to the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival for the Snapchat Shorts Competition with her film, "Owen Wilson Dates Himself." Anna has been to the Montreal Just For Laughs festival where she pitched a half hour comedy pilot she co-wrote called, "This One Time At Camp." She is half of the comedy video team SortaKosher, and a co-creator of the hit unscripted drunk makeup tutorial series, "Beauty Shots." Anna co-created and starred in the webseries, 'There's No Place Like Home' for Elite Daily's Artist Residency. Anna co-hosts the monthly show at Caroline's On Broadway called "Revival: Comedians Revive Musical Roles Of Their Past." Anna also sings with the Losers Lounge at Joe's Pub. She is a co-producer of Quickiefest: The One Minute Movie Festival at The Anthology Film Archives in NYC. You can catch her performing all over the city doing standup, singing, eating a bagel, or walking her dog named Bobby Flay. Follow him on Instagram: @BobbyFlayTheDog so he can start making rent $$$.​ ​
Maya Deshmukh
Maya Deshmukh
Hailing from the great state of New Jersey, she is very happy to no longer be bridge and tunnel. Maya trained at the UCB and Magnet theaters, studying improv, musical improv, sketch, and characters with Bobby Moynihan, Sylvia Ozols, Becky Drysdale, Leslie Meisel, and Christian Capozzoli among others.

Maya recently won first place in the NBC/UCB diversity showcase doing characters.

She can be seen at UCB Chelsea performing on Maude night with her sketch team The Classic, as well as her all Asian musical sketch team- AzN PoP also running at UCB Chelsea.

Maya has been featured on Elite Daily, Nick Mom and Funny or Die, among others.

When she is not doing comedy, working, or catching up on Real Housewives (of all cities), she is probably getting yelled at. Maya also works part-time as a general dentist (not a joke.)
Eitan Levine
Eitan Levine
Eitan Levine is a New York City based writer and comedian/human theme park currently working as a writer/producer for Cheddar. Through article posts, videos, a documentary series and live broadcasts his work has been seen by millions across the globe. He was the creator and co-host of PITtv's "Who Won The Internet" and was the host of "Elite Weekly" which ran on Elite Daily's Facebook page. He is also an ensemble performer at The People's Improv Theater (PIT) and the Magnet Theater. In 2017, Eitan was staffed as a writer for "Hollywood Says," China's only celebrity talk show filming in the U.S.. Most recently he has been featured as a creator, producer, and correspondent for Cheddar. His series "Money Menu," "Business of Going Viral," and "Crypto Crash Course" have collectively garnered tens of millions of views worldwide.

In 2013, Eitan was one of 30 finalists in the running to live in the MLB FanCave in New York. He's also written for the Emmy awarding winning sports segment “5 For Fischler,” Mashable, Jewlicious, Heavy.com and BroBible. He was once featured in The New York Times holding a sign that said “PALIN! CALL ME” with his cell phone number underneath.

None of my favorite sports teams have won a championship since 1994.
Matt Koff
Matt Koff
Matt is currently staffed as a writer on The Daily Show. He has also written for IFC's Onion News Network, GSN's The Newlywed Game, Comedy Central's Tosh.0 blog, and was a recurring panelist on The History Channel series I Love the 1880s. As a stand-up comedian, Matt can be seen on the forthcoming season of Adam DeVine’s House Party on Comedy Central. He has toured with such names as John Oliver and Mike Lawrence and can be seen regularly in New York at the Comic Strip, UCB Theater, and Littlefield.

In 2010, Matt won Time Out New York’s Joke of the Year contest and his web series with colleague Dan McCoy, 9am Meeting, won Best Animated Pilot at the New York Television Festival. In 2012, Matt wrote and starred in The Matt Koff Show, a live sketch show directed by UCB’s Will Hines.

Matt currently lives in Brooklyn, NY without a wife, kids, or even so much as a pet. Pretty sad stuff.
Sam Reece
Sam Reece
Sam Reece is a comedian, writer, and performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City. Her work has been featured on Splitsider, Funny or Die, Mashable, MyDamnChannel, CBC Punchline and more! She is one half of critically acclaimed sketch duo Girls with Brown Hair and is a member of OSFUG: The Fast Fuckin' Sketch Show which performs monthly at UCB Theatre East.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/