Free Interfaith Stand-up Comedy Show Takes Place in March

Courtesy Interfaith Comedy

As part of the Takoma Park Art Series, Interfaith Comedy will hold a free stand-up next month at the Takoma Park Community Center.
Per In an age of polarization and angry debate, the comedians of Interfaith Comedy are sharing laughs with a side of understanding about various religions.
Five comedians from different religious backgrounds will share their talents in a free stand-up show on March 14 at the Takoma Park Community Center as part of the Takoma Park Arts series. No tickets or reservations are required.

Comedian and producer Carmiya Weinraub, who is a modern Orthodox Jew, created the group to reduce prejudice through laughter. The comedians make lighthearted jokes only about their own religion.
“I wanted to create a space to amplify performers whose voices aren’t often heard in the wider community, including Muslim and Orthodox Jewish comedians, and put these voices in front of audiences that might not hear them otherwise,” Weinraub said. “Our group has both observant and non-observant members of different religions so we highlight many aspects of living a life influenced by religion, whether you were just raised that way or currently practice.”

The stand-up sets are followed by a Q&A where the comedians and audience members can share stories or anecdotes about their religious experiences. You can learn more about the group at

Weinraub will be performing with PT Bratton (Baptist and Pentecostal), Riva Riley (raised Hindu and currently atheist), Shahryar Rizvi (Muslim), and Fish Stark (Unitarian Universalist).
“Interfaith Comedy is making a difference,” Weinraub said. “In today’s world, audiences really appreciate a show filled with positivity and connection, and that’s what we give them.”
The City of Takoma Park’s Arts and Humanities Division organizes the Takoma Park Arts series, including free concerts, film screenings, poetry readings, dance performances, and other events at the Takoma Park Community Center. You can sign up for our e-newsletter for news about all of our events. Join us and celebrate the arts!

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