Modi Rosenfeld

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Modi Rosenfeld
Born Mordechai Rosenfeld
(1970-04-29) April 29, 1970 (age 47)
Tel Aviv, Israel
Residence Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York
Other names Modi, MODI
Occupation Stand-up comedian, actor, cantor

Modi Rosenfeld (born April 29, 1970, in Tel Aviv, Israel as Mordechai Rosenfeld), known professionally as Modi[1] (stylized as MODI) is a stand-up comedian and actor. [2]

Early years[edit]

Modi was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to Woodmere, New York, with his family when he was seven years old.[1] He graduated from George W. Hewlett High School in 1988 and Boston University in 1992, majoring in psychology and minoring in voice.

Modi studied cantorial music at Yeshiva University's Belz School of Music and is a cantor, or hazzan, at the Community Synagogue on 6th Street in Manhattan.[1] He was a Wall Street international banker for Merrill Lynch before entering comedy.[1][3]


Modi is an established headliner at comedy clubs and colleges across the United States and is a regular fixture on the comedy scene in both New York and Los Angeles.[4] His home club is the Comedy Cellar. Modi's background and ability to adapt to a variety of audiences has allowed him to create a niche within the Jewish community, performing for Reform and Ultra-Orthodox audiences around the world. [5] He performed at the launch party of the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon in Houston before takeoff.[1]

Modi has contributed to US Weekly as a member of the fashion police[6][7] and was also semi-finalist on the fourth season of Last Comic Standing.[8]

Modi claims Don Rickles, George Carlin and Louis CK as inspirations for his comedy.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Rosenfeld lived in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2010. He currently lives in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City.


Year Film/Show Role Notes
1997 Friday Night Modi TV series; episode: "Sunset Beach - Behind the Scenes"
2002 The Sopranos Etan TV series; episode: "Mergers and Acquisitions"
2003 Connecting Dots Tom
2004 Waiting for Woody Allen Mendel Short film
Der Kosh Rabbi
Our Italian Husband Pasquale
2006 Ira & Abby Marvin the Limo Driver
Agent Emes 5: Agent Emes and the Happy Chanukah Rocky Ranbinowitz Video
2007 Stand Up Avi
A Perfect Holiday Father in Line
2008 One, Two, Many Jermaine
2009 CSI: NY David Klein TV series; episode: "Yahrzeit"
2010 Horrorween Shlomo
2014–2015 Deadbeat Menachem Mendel 5 episodes

Video games[edit]

Year Game Role Notes
2008 Grand Theft Auto IV Issac Roth
2009 Grand Theft Auto: The Lost and Damned Archive footage
Grand Theft Auto: The Ballad of Gay Tony

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