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Ivor Dembina | View Performers Biography


Venue:Finnegan's Wake, 9b Victoria Street Edinburgh EH1 2HE
Phone: 0131 225 9348
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Back Room
AUG 1-5, 7-12, 14-19, 21-25 at 13:15 (60 min)
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Seventh consecutive year for the UK's longest running and most successful ever Jewish comedy show. Based on a true story, Jewish comedian Ivor Dembina performs some of his favourite kosher gags alongside his personal take on the life of the modern Jewish comic. ***** (Broadwaybaby) **** (Scotsman) **** (The Mirror) Admission free, gentiles half price.

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August 25, 2019 Three Weeks
We present the ThreeWeeks Editors’ Awards 2019
Earlier today we presented the ThreeWeeks Editors’ Awards in the Fellows Library at theSpace @ Surgeons Hall. These go to the ten people and companies who we think made this year’s Edinburgh Festival extra special. Here we run through all the winners…

03: Ivor Dembina for ‘Old Jewish Jokes’
Our next recipient is the creator of a show that isn’t actually new to Edinburgh this year, and which members of the TW team have seen and loved before, both here in Edinburgh and down in London. We possibly should have acknowledged this show with an Editors’ Award before, but when our reviewer submitted their 5/5 critique for this year’s performance, we knew now was the time. It’s a show that has much to say about Jewish humour and one that amply demonstrates it, while also touching on the more serious topics of censorship and the Holocaust. And, of course, it goes without saying, it’s full of brilliantly performed gags. As that 5/5 review enthused, this comedian’s “perfectly-crafted method of telling a joke – either from his own experiences or from a Jewish joke book – will have you howling with laughter”. Our third recipient is Ivor Dembina for ‘Old Jewish Jokes’. Click Here

August 16, 2019  Three Weeks
Ivor Dembina has been a stand-up comedian for 30 years. When he started out, a new scene was developing: out went the dad jokes and in came alternative comedy. Dembina’s dad had other ideas, however, advising his son to carry on with some ‘Old Jewish Jokes’. When he became an established comic, his local community synagogue wanted him to do a fundraiser, providing the content would be appropriate: imagine a modern Jewish comedian prohibited from telling jokes about money, sex or anti-Semitism. Though these themes seem brash and hard to swallow (the two walkouts might be testament to that), Dembina’s perfectly-crafted method of telling a joke – either from his own experiences or from a Jewish joke book – will have you howling with laughter. Click Here

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