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There are comedians who happen to be Jewish, and then there are Jewish comedians. In his debut special, Modi solidifies himself as the former; wielding his unique blend of observational comedy and hilarious insights to shine a light on an often-insular community in “Know Your Audience”.

Having performed for Jewish organizations and causes all over the globe, Modi’s unique vantage point lends a birds-eye view of what it means to be Jewish in today’s day and age. It also allows him to weave a complex identity as both a proud Jew and a gay man – speaking for the first time on stage about his (much younger) husband and the perks of being married to a millennial.

Modi navigates niche subjects within the Jewish world without ever leaving non-Jewish viewers behind…explaining, among other things, why Jews have their own ambulance corps, unsurprising 23&Me results, and the prevalence of ‘hidden’ antisemitism.

Modi’s performance represents a modern interpretation of the Borscht-belt comedians who came before him. Drawing inspiration from Jackie Mason and Alan King, Modi’s larger-than-life stage presence sends a clear message: be true to your audience and the rest will follow.

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Written and Performed by Modi
Directed by Leo Veiga
Executive Producers: Modi, Leo Veiga, Ian Adkins, Ryan Bitzer, Damion Greiman, Anthony Leo
Producer: Matt Schuler
Line Producer: Castedra Sailsman
Associate Producer: Joey von Haeger
Director of Photography: John P. Campbell
Editor: Joey von Haeger
Sound Recordist: Yves Armand Albaret
Post Production Supervisor: Marc Atkinson
Sound Mixer: Tyler Whitlatch
Colorist: Keyhan Bayehan
Stage Manager: Jamal Peterson
Makeup: Lauren Bridges
Still Photography: John Cafaro
Opening Comedian: Elon Altman
Camera Operators: Christiana Lopez, Stephen Meierding, Kevin Quigley
First Assistant Camera: Emily Kordovich, Kerri McConnell
Camera PA: Kendal Carpenter
DIT: Joey von Haeger
Gaffer: Sean Li
Grip: Joe Katulak
Swing: Anrose Carroll
Transportation: Jamal Peterson
Production Assistant: Omari Fylstra
Music: “Stool Pogeon” by Heinz Kiessling, courtesy of Extreme Production Music
Filmed at The Gramercy Theater, New York, NY
A special thanks to all the Gamercy Theater and staff who made this taping possible.

Special Thanks: Hashem, My husband, soulmate and partner Leo Veiga

Dedicated to my parents: Bezalel “Tzali” and Batia Rosenfeld