Moshe Kasher

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Moshe Kasher
Moshe Kasher.jpg
Born (1979-07-06) July 6, 1979 (age 35)
Queens, New York
Medium Stand-up, television, webcast
Nationality American
Years active 2001–present
Genres Observational comedy, black comedy, surreal humor
Subject(s) Everyday life, self-deprecation, religion
Website www.moshekasher.com

Moshe Kasher (born July 6, 1979)[1][2] is an American stand-up comedian, writer and actor based in the Los Angeles area.[1][3] He is the author of the 2012 memoir Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16.

In 2009, iTunes named Kasher "Best New Comic" and his comedy album Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, and Then You Are! was ranked one of the top 20 comedy albums on iTunes that same year.[3][4] He was also named "Comic to Watch in 2010" by Punchline Magazine.[3]

Early life[edit]

Born in Queens, New York,[5] Kasher moved to Oakland, California with his mother and brother when he was one year old.[1][5] His father remained in New York and Kasher visited him regularly until his death — Kasher was 20 at the time.[1]

Kasher grew up in North Oakland's Temescal neighborhood.[1] In his autobiography Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16, Kasher wrote about having been moved in and out of mental institutions from the age of 4 and using drugs from the ages of 12 to 16. In an interview with SanDiego.com Kasher described himself as "pretty straight edge", stating that he has been clean "since I was very young."[6]

A son of deaf parents, Kasher worked as a sign-language interpreter from the age of 17.[1][5][7][8] His father was a Hasidic Jew and his brother is a Rabbi.[6][9] Kasher attended the University of California, Santa Barbara and has a degree in religious studies.[1][6] Prior to his career in comedy, Kasher had considered becoming a college professor in Jewish history.[6]

In 2001, Kasher attended an open mic comedy night in New York which included a performance by Chelsea Peretti, a comedian and writer with whom Kasher had attended junior high school with in Oakland.[1][6] After having seen her perform, Kasher asked Peretti to take him along on future performances, offering to perform with her.[1][6] For his first performance, she took him to an open mic at the Luggage Store Gallery in San Francisco.[6]

Career[edit]

Stand up[edit]

In the early 2000s, Kasher performed mainly in the Bay Area, regularly performing at the Punch Line and Cobb's comedy clubs in San Francisco.[1][6][8] In the mid to late 2000s, he participated in many comedy shows with fellow comedians Brent Weinbach and Alex Koll.[10][11][12] In 2008 Kasher moved to Los Angeles.[1][5][8]

2009 marked a significant year in Kasher's comedy career. He was named "Best of Fest" at that year's Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival;[3][4][8] his performance in Aspen garnered him an invitation to the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal that same year.[8] This was followed by an appearance on the Comedy Central series Live at Gotham.[6][8] Kasher had also released his comedy album Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, and Then You Are! through Rooftop Comedy Productions in April 2009;[5][8] near the year's end the album was deemed one of the top 20 comedy albums of 2009 on iTunes. Kasher was also recognized by iTunes as Top New Comedy Artist of 2009.[3][4]

Kasher's stand up act has been featured on such television programs as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2010[1][6] and John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show in 2011.[13] He has appeared on Conan, Showtime's Larry Wilmore's Race, Religion & Sex.[citation needed] He has also appeared as a frequent panelist on Chelsea Lately.[1][6]

Kasher has performed at festivals internationally. In addition to the aforementioned Rooftop Comedy Festival and Just For Laughs, in 2010, he appeared at Fun Fun Fun Fest[14] and South By South West[9][15] both held in Austin, Texas, as well as Cat Laughs in Kilkenny,[16] Ireland, and the Sasquatch! Music Festival in the George, Washington.[17] In 2011 he appeared at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in Melbourne, Australia. Kasher has also attended SF Sketchfest in San Francisco, California on several occasions.[8][18][19]

In addition to the iTunes awards in 2009, Kasher was named "Comic to Watch in 2010" by Punchline Magazine[3] as well as "One of the Top 20 Jews In The Arts" by Shalom Life in 2011.[20] John Wenzel of The Denver Post also ranked Kasher #2 on his list of the top 10 comedy shows he attended in the Denver area during 2011.[21]

In January 2012, Kasher recorded his first solo comedy special for Netflix, Moshe Kasher: Live In Oakland at The New Parish nightclub in his hometown of Oakland.[1][22][23]

Writing[edit]

Kasher is a published playwright, writer and author: While still in college, Kasher's long form monologue "Look Before You Leap" was included in the literary collection Monologues For Men By Men: Volume Two published in 2003.[24] In 2011 and 2012 he contributed several articles to Heeb magazine.[25] In 2012, he published his autobiography Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 published by Hachette Book Group's Grand Central Publishing.[1][7][26]

Acting[edit]

Kasher played small roles in the independent films Sorry, Thanks (2009)[27] and Wish Makers of West Hollywood (2010).[28] He appeared on episodes of the FOX sitcom Traffic Light in 2011[29] and the NBC sitcom Whitney in 2012.[30] Kasher played the role of Ruben — a gay, deaf man confined to a wheelchair — in an episode of the US television series Shameless which aired March 18, 2012.[31][32]

Podcasts[edit]

In 2011, Kasher, along with Neal Brennan (co-writer of Chappelle's Show) and DJ Douggpound (Doug Lussenhop of Tim and Eric Nite Live!), started a podcast called The Champs.[6] Kasher said the following of the podcast in a 2011 interview with SanDiego.com: "It’s Doug dropping sound effects and beats over me and Neal kind of hosting an hour of ridiculous chat. We have a rotating black guy guest, there’s a different black guest every week."[6] Guests of the show have included actor/comedians Wayne Brady and David Alan Grier, as well as musician Questlove, adult film star Lexington Steele and professional basketball player Blake Griffin. The show has strayed from its guest format on occasion with guests such as comedian and actor Bobby Lee, former pornographic actress Sasha Grey, former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco and actor Aziz Ansari. In 2014 The Champs was named "Best Podcast" as part of LA Weekly '​s "Best of L.A." issue.[33]

In October 2014, Kasher premiered a new podcast on the Nerdist Podcast Network. Hound Tall Discussion Series is a live monthly podcast that covers a single topic. It's "an hour long chat with an expert and a panel of comedians, they learn all there is to know about things".[34] The first episode was about harems and the expert was Jillian Lauren, author of Some Girls, while Pete Holmes and Beth Stelling made up the comedic panel.[35]

Filmography[edit]

  • Sorry, Thanks (2009) (Andrew)
  • Wish Makers of West Hollywood (2010) (waiter)

Television[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • "Look Before You Leap", a monologue included in the literary collection Monologues For Men By Men: Volume Two (2003)
  • Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16 (2012)

Discography[edit]

  • "Moshe Kasher: Live In Oakland" (2013)
  • Everyone You Know Is Going to Die, and Then You Are! (2009)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Letzing, John (February 9, 2012). "Local Comic Puts His Pain on Paper". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher and DJ Douggpound. "The Champs podcast with guest Jerrod Carmichael" (Podcast). Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Gadino, Dylan P. (December 31, 2009). "Comic to Watch in 2010: Moshe Kasher". Punchline. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Nguyen, Tuyet (April 28, 2010). "Moshe Kasher isn’t gay—but he’s close". A.V. Club. The Onion. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Swan, Rachel (March 28, 2012). "Moshe Kasher Comes Home". East Bay Express. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Downs, Gordon (July 20, 2011). "Living On The Edge with Moshe Kasher". SanDiego.com. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Pansacola, Justin. "Moshe Kasher's Time in the Light". Flaunt. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h McGee, Irene (January 19, 2010). "Sketchfest Q&A: Moshe Kasher". SF Weekly. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Walts, Rebecca (October 27, 2011). "In the Wry: Comedian Moshe Kasher". Portland Monthly. Retrieved October 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (September 28, 2006). "Comedy Day: Top comics converge on Golden Gate Park to provide free chortles and guffaws". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ Keeling, Brock (January 15, 2008). "SF Sketchfest Ticket Giveaway: Brent Weinbach in Boomtime". SFist. Gothamist LLC. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ Swan, Rachel (December 22, 2010). "World of Punch Lines". East Bay Express. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ "John Oliver and Friends are Back! The Second Season of 'John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show' Premieres Thursday, March 24 at Midnight*" (Press release). COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications. March 7, 2011. Retrieved February 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ "2010 Fun Fun Fun Fest Update". Austinist. September 2, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ Moshe Kasher pictured with other comedians at the 2010 SXSW fest on sxsw.com
  16. ^ Richardson, Jay (June 3, 2010). "Punchline Magazine’s dispatch from Kilkenny’s Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, part 1". Laughspin. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ Moshe Kasher's schedule on the Sasquatch! 2010 festival's website Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  18. ^ Chun, Kimberly (January 19, 2012). "'Rockridge rat' Moshe Kasher at SF Sketchfest". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  19. ^ Harmanci, Reyhan (January 10, 2008). "SF Sketchfest: The comedy event, opening today, is bigger than ever". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ Baylen, Ashley (April 26, 2011). "Top 20 Jews In The Arts - Moshe Kasher". Shalom Life. The Onion. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  21. ^ Wenzel, John (December 24, 2011). "Best of 2011: 10 funny acts that said what we needed to hear when nobody else would". Denver Post. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Moshe Kasher Comedy Special". The Black List NYC. 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  23. ^ Moshe Kasher Comedy Special (2012) at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  24. ^ Garrison, Gary; Wright, Michael, eds. (2003). Monologues For Men By Men: Volume Two. Heinemann. p. 49. ISBN 0-325-00559-1. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ A list of articles contributed by Moshe Kasher to Heeb magazine Retrieved February 25, 2012.
  26. ^ Gadino, Dylan P. (July 26, 2011). "Comedian Moshe Kasher’s book is going to be amazing". Laughspin. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  27. ^ Sorry, Thanks (2009) at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  28. ^ Wish Makers of West Hollywood (2010) at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  29. ^ Traffic Light: Season 1, Episode 11 - Where the Heart Is (3 May 2011) at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  30. ^ Whitney: Season 1, Episode 16 - 48 Hours (15 Feb. 2012) at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  31. ^ "Shameless" A Great Cause (2012) at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved March 28, 2012.
  32. ^ Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher and DJ Douggpound (March 22, 2012). "The Champs podcast with guest Keegan-Michael Key" (Podcast). Event occurs at 4:06. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Best Podcast Los Angeles 2014 — The Champs". LA Weekly 36 (46). October 2–8, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  34. ^ "Hound Tall Discussion Series with Moshe Kasher". nerdist.com. Nerdist Industries. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  35. ^ http://www.avclub.com/article/hound-tall-moshe-kasher-brings-new-podcast-airwave-210017
  36. ^ http://www.moshekasher.com/

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