Mark Breslin and Ralph Benmergui discuss the value of Jewish comedy in an increasingly antisemitic world

Mark Breslin, left, with Ralph Benmergui, live at the Prosserman JCC in Toronto, on Feb. 13, recording a live podcast taping of 'Not That Kind of Rabbi'. (Photo by Jen Stewart)

Last month, the flagship Yuk Yuk’s location in downtown Toronto hosted a stand-up comedy fundraiser for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Predictably, anti-Israel protesters swarmed it. The club’s founder and owner, Mark Breslin—who organized the event—tried to get in through a back entrance, only to find more protesters waiting there for him and his family. Through cries of “Baby killer” and “Genocidal maniacs”, they entered, got the police riot squad called in, and the show went on as planned.

It’s not the first time Breslin has encountered hatred because of his identity—which is, he says, more founded in tradition than religion.

Breslin went into depth about his upbringing and beliefs in an engrossing sit-down interview with his old friend Ralph Benmergui, at the Prosserman JCC on Feb. 13, as part of a series of live tapings of The CJN’s podcast Not That Kind of Rabbi.


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