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Joel Chasnoff

Jewish Comedian & Best-Selling Author.

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Joel Chasnoff Biography

Joel Chasnoff redefines the meaning of Jewish comedy. A stand-up comic and best-selling author, Chasnoff is the only comedian who's also a veteran of the Israeli Army. His hilarious take on Jewish life is clean, hip, and wonderfully original; no wonder The Forward calls him the comedic voice of his generation.

A Chicago native, Chasnoff has performed at more than 1,000 fundraisers, universities, and festivals in nine countries. On the road, he was the warm-up act for Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of The Daily Show. He is also a frequent guest on NPR and has appeared on ABC, NBC, and Israeli late-night television.

In 2001, Simon and Schuster published The 188th Crybaby Brigade, Chasnoff's comedic memoir about his tour of duty in the Israel Defense Forces, which the Los Angeles Jewish Journal called "laugh-out-loud funny" and Kirkus Reviews dubbed "horrifyingly hilarious." Chasnoff has also contributed to The Big Book of Jewish Humor: 25th Anniversary Edition and The Idiot's Guide to Jokes and is currently co-authoring The Balaboosta Way: A Mediterranean Cookbook with two-time Chopped! champion Chef Einat Admony.

In his hysterical keynote and stand-up presentations, Joel Chasnoff engages audiences with a personal yet universal tale about the quirks and challenges of being Jewish in America. His story begins in Jewish day school, where he was the starting center on the Solomon Schechter basketball team; continues with his stint as an IDF tank gunner in Lebanon; and concludes with the trials and joys of raising his four Jewish children. His uplifting take on Jewish life and commitment to Jewish continuity make him a natural and often-requested choice for Jewish organizations and groups with ties to Israel. Audiences come away with a once-in-a-lifetime appreciation for the unique relationship between Israelis and North American Jews, and what it means to be Jewish in today's world.

Speaking Topics
  • Laughing Through History: 30 Jokes in 60 Minutes

    We all know that Jews are funny. But why? Is it simply laughter through tears or is there more to these people’s renowned sense of humor? In this eye-opening and hysterical presentation, Joel Chasnoff explores the history and future of Jewish comedy, from the Garden of Eden to Curb Your Enthusiasm and everything in between. Topics include humor in the Bible (hint: God is funnier than you think); the link between the Talmud and Annie Hall; and the role of humor in the Holocaust, including examples of Jewish poetry, comedy, and song in concentration camps. Along the way, Chasnoff shares his favorite jokes and encourages his audiences to share theirs!

  • Comedy Tonight: Stand-Up Comedy with Joel Chasnoff

    Joel Chasnoff is often referred to as the Chris Rock of the Jews • and with good reason. His hip, sophisticated humor is a welcome change from the Borscht Belt comics of old. When Chasnoff takes the stage, audiences are guaranteed an hour of nonstop laughter based on real Jewish experiences, not stereotypes • everything from Chasnoff's stint on his day school basketball team to the challenges of being a 24-year-old American in a platoon of Israeli teenagers.

  • Purity of Arms: An American in the Israeli Army

    When he was 24, Joel Chasnoff volunteered for a combat unit of the Israel Defense Forces. He was voted Outstanding Soldier of the Company and co-led operations in Lebanon against Hezbollah. In this riveting • and often hilarious • presentation based on his best-selling memoir The 188th Crybaby Brigade, Chasnoff brings you face to face with daily life in a combat platoon of the IDF, from basic training to Tank School to covert operations in Lebanon; the induction process, including Israel's legendary method for evaluating draftees and assigning them to military units; and Tohar Ha-neshek, or Purity of Arms • Israel's code of ethics for moral behavior in battle.

  • Positively Israel

  • Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs

  • Anti-Terrorism and Security

Books
The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah--A Memoir

The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah--A Memoir

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Joel Chasnoff for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Joel Chasnoff, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Joel Chasnoff or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Joel Chasnoff?

    Speaking fees for Joel Chasnoff, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Joel Chasnoff charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Joel Chasnoff, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Joel Chasnoff?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Joel Chasnoff for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joel Chasnoff for your next private or corporate function.
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Joel Chasnoff Biography

Joel Chasnoff redefines the meaning of Jewish comedy. A stand-up comic and best-selling author, Chasnoff is the only comedian who's also a veteran of the Israeli Army. His hilarious take on Jewish life is clean, hip, and wonderfully original; no wonder The Forward calls him the comedic voice of his generation.

A Chicago native, Chasnoff has performed at more than 1,000 fundraisers, universities, and festivals in nine countries. On the road, he was the warm-up act for Jon Stewart and Lewis Black of The Daily Show. He is also a frequent guest on NPR and has appeared on ABC, NBC, and Israeli late-night television.

In 2001, Simon and Schuster published The 188th Crybaby Brigade, Chasnoff's comedic memoir about his tour of duty in the Israel Defense Forces, which the Los Angeles Jewish Journal called "laugh-out-loud funny" and Kirkus Reviews dubbed "horrifyingly hilarious." Chasnoff has also contributed to The Big Book of Jewish Humor: 25th Anniversary Edition and The Idiot's Guide to Jokes and is currently co-authoring The Balaboosta Way: A Mediterranean Cookbook with two-time Chopped! champion Chef Einat Admony.

In his hysterical keynote and stand-up presentations, Joel Chasnoff engages audiences with a personal yet universal tale about the quirks and challenges of being Jewish in America. His story begins in Jewish day school, where he was the starting center on the Solomon Schechter basketball team; continues with his stint as an IDF tank gunner in Lebanon; and concludes with the trials and joys of raising his four Jewish children. His uplifting take on Jewish life and commitment to Jewish continuity make him a natural and often-requested choice for Jewish organizations and groups with ties to Israel. Audiences come away with a once-in-a-lifetime appreciation for the unique relationship between Israelis and North American Jews, and what it means to be Jewish in today's world.

Joel Chasnoff Speaking Topics

  • Laughing Through History: 30 Jokes in 60 Minutes

    We all know that Jews are funny. But why? Is it simply laughter through tears or is there more to these people’s renowned sense of humor? In this eye-opening and hysterical presentation, Joel Chasnoff explores the history and future of Jewish comedy, from the Garden of Eden to Curb Your Enthusiasm and everything in between. Topics include humor in the Bible (hint: God is funnier than you think); the link between the Talmud and Annie Hall; and the role of humor in the Holocaust, including examples of Jewish poetry, comedy, and song in concentration camps. Along the way, Chasnoff shares his favorite jokes and encourages his audiences to share theirs!

  • Comedy Tonight: Stand-Up Comedy with Joel Chasnoff

    Joel Chasnoff is often referred to as the Chris Rock of the Jews • and with good reason. His hip, sophisticated humor is a welcome change from the Borscht Belt comics of old. When Chasnoff takes the stage, audiences are guaranteed an hour of nonstop laughter based on real Jewish experiences, not stereotypes • everything from Chasnoff's stint on his day school basketball team to the challenges of being a 24-year-old American in a platoon of Israeli teenagers.

  • Purity of Arms: An American in the Israeli Army

    When he was 24, Joel Chasnoff volunteered for a combat unit of the Israel Defense Forces. He was voted Outstanding Soldier of the Company and co-led operations in Lebanon against Hezbollah. In this riveting • and often hilarious • presentation based on his best-selling memoir The 188th Crybaby Brigade, Chasnoff brings you face to face with daily life in a combat platoon of the IDF, from basic training to Tank School to covert operations in Lebanon; the induction process, including Israel's legendary method for evaluating draftees and assigning them to military units; and Tohar Ha-neshek, or Purity of Arms • Israel's code of ethics for moral behavior in battle.

  • Positively Israel

  • Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs

  • Anti-Terrorism and Security

Joel Chasnoff Books

FAQs on booking Joel Chasnoff

  • How to book Joel Chasnoff?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Joel Chasnoff for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Joel Chasnoff, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Joel Chasnoff or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Joel Chasnoff?

    Speaking fees for Joel Chasnoff, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Joel Chasnoff charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Joel Chasnoff, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Joel Chasnoff?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Joel Chasnoff for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Joel Chasnoff for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Joel Chasnoff or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Joel Chasnoff or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Joel Chasnoff is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Laughing Through History: 30 Jokes in 60 Minutes, Comedy Tonight: Stand-Up Comedy with Joel Chasnoff, Purity of Arms: An American in the Israeli Army, Positively Israel, Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs and Anti-Terrorism and Security. The estimated speaking fee range to book Joel Chasnoff for your event is available upon request. Joel Chasnoff generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Daniel Silva, Tiffany Shlain, Harry Katz, Robert D. Kaplan and Jesse Dylan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Joel Chasnoff for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Joel Chasnoff Speaking Topics

  • Laughing Through History: 30 Jokes in 60 Minutes

    We all know that Jews are funny. But why? Is it simply laughter through tears or is there more to these people’s renowned sense of humor? In this eye-opening and hysterical presentation, Joel Chasnoff explores the history and future of Jewish comedy, from the Garden of Eden to Curb Your Enthusiasm and everything in between. Topics include humor in the Bible (hint: God is funnier than you think); the link between the Talmud and Annie Hall; and the role of humor in the Holocaust, including examples of Jewish poetry, comedy, and song in concentration camps. Along the way, Chasnoff shares his favorite jokes and encourages his audiences to share theirs!

  • Comedy Tonight: Stand-Up Comedy with Joel Chasnoff

    Joel Chasnoff is often referred to as the Chris Rock of the Jews • and with good reason. His hip, sophisticated humor is a welcome change from the Borscht Belt comics of old. When Chasnoff takes the stage, audiences are guaranteed an hour of nonstop laughter based on real Jewish experiences, not stereotypes • everything from Chasnoff's stint on his day school basketball team to the challenges of being a 24-year-old American in a platoon of Israeli teenagers.

  • Purity of Arms: An American in the Israeli Army

    When he was 24, Joel Chasnoff volunteered for a combat unit of the Israel Defense Forces. He was voted Outstanding Soldier of the Company and co-led operations in Lebanon against Hezbollah. In this riveting • and often hilarious • presentation based on his best-selling memoir The 188th Crybaby Brigade, Chasnoff brings you face to face with daily life in a combat platoon of the IDF, from basic training to Tank School to covert operations in Lebanon; the induction process, including Israel's legendary method for evaluating draftees and assigning them to military units; and Tohar Ha-neshek, or Purity of Arms • Israel's code of ethics for moral behavior in battle.

  • Positively Israel

  • Middle Eastern and Foreign Affairs

  • Anti-Terrorism and Security

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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