Comedic Commercials with The Bible Players

Paper Bag Actors

by Aaron Friedman, Andrew Davies

New Class
The Bible Players

In this course we will use pieces of wisdom as inspiration for hilarious advertisements to be written and performed. Together we will study Pirkei Avot, a book of quotable lessons from the Mishnah and what they mean to us today.

birthday-cake 11 - 13 year olds
users 6 - 16 learners per meeting
clock-o 60 min per meeting
calendar See course details for the exact schedule

Available Times

Date and Time

Price

Available Spots

2022 February 14 - 2022 February 14, on Mondays
5:00 PM ET - 6:00 PM ET
alarm This course follows an irregular schedule.
Please confirm the dates before enrolling.
alarm
Show all 3 meetings
$36
16 spots
November 22 - December 6, weekly on Mondays
5:00 PM ET - 6:00 PM ET
Show all 3 meetings
$36
16 spots
2022 January 10 - 2022 January 31, on Mondays
5:00 PM ET - 6:00 PM ET
alarm This course follows an irregular schedule.
Please confirm the dates before enrolling.
alarm
Show all 3 meetings
$36
16 spots

Course Details

Description

“Who is wise? One who learns from every person.” - Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Sages)

In this three-week course, we will use pieces of wisdom as inspiration for hilarious advertisements to be written and performed. Together we will study Pirkei Avot, a book of quotable lessons from the Mishnah and what they mean to us today. We will choose teachings that are meaningful to us and write and perform commercials to advertise their ideas. We will improvise, laugh, get silly, wear costumes, and have a lot of fun.

By the end of these weeks we will have written, filmed, and presented our special commercials. We will learn and laugh together as only The Bible Players can.

Course Outline:

  • Pick a Pirkei: In our first class we will look at various Jewish nuggets of wisdom and pick one that speaks to us.
  • More Bad Ideas: In our second class we will use improv games to brainstorm many ideas and begin to write our commercial scripts.
  • Finalize, Film, and Showtime: In our third class we will finalize our commercial scripts and begin to film those that are ready.
Requirements
We will be doing movement and making lots of noise. So ideally in a room with some space and the ability to be loud without disturbing others.
Supply List

Paper, Pens/Pencils

Teachers

Aaron Friedman
Aaron Friedman
Aaron Friedman, a stand-up comedian who performs for shuls and university Hillels, was recently named “Funniest Jew in New York” by The Jewish Week. Aaron is a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Bible Players, a Jewish comedy team that is Improv-ing Jewish Lives. He is a graduate of List College (JTS/Columbia) and has a Masters in Jewish Education from the Davidson School (Jewish Theological Seminary).
Andrew Davies
Andrew Davies
Andrew Davies is an improviser and facilitator based in Philadelphia, PA where he lives with his wife Molly Wernick and son Miller. Andrew received a B.A. in English Literature from Brandeis University, went on to study Improvisation at The Magnet Theater, and received a certificate of Facilitation from Georgetown University. In 2011 Andrew Co-Founded The Bible Players, a comedy team which is Improv-ing Jewish Lives. The Bible Players have toured 25 states, visiting hundreds of camps, schools, and synagogues, teaching Jewish Values with a sense of humor. He walks softly and carries a big shtick! In 2016 Andrew Co-Founded the Non-profit CharacTours, an interactive theatrical walking experience where the past visits you. He is the Executive Director of both The Bible Players and CharacTours and is a 2018 recipient of The Jewish Education Project's Young Pioneer Award.