Laura Ben-David
Sharing Israel with the world through my lens

A laughing matter

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…well of course: it’s Comedy for Koby time!

In a week-long blitz, some of Hollywood’s brightest comedians are bringing audiences in Israel some great entertainment for a great cause — and couldn’t come at a better time. Proceeds from ticket sales support The Koby Mandell Foundation, which works on behalf of families of victims of terror and those who have tragically suffered the loss of a loved one. Though, to be honest, it’s hard to imagine that anyone reading this has not yet heard of this bi-annual, much-loved benefit spearheaded by the incomparable Avi Liberman.

Avi Liberman - Photo credit: Laura Ben-David
Host Avi Liberman (Laura Ben-David)

This writer attended the first of back-to-back shows in Jerusalem, apparently a bit ‘tamer’ than the upcoming one in Tel Aviv. Maybe so, but the jokes rolled in one after another and had the audience rolling in laughter the majority of the time.

At the end of the show, as is Comedy for Koby tradition, the four comedians got on stage together and took questions from the audience. This is always a treat; seeing them interact with each other, and tackling questions from the most basic to some real thought-provoking ones.

When the performers were asked if they had considered backing out of the program at any point due to the security situation in Israel, there was not a one with any hesitation on that. I hope they understand how much that meant to us; and I don’t think one person in that sold out audience took it for granted.

If by some chance they aren’t sold out, you have two more chances to catch this great program: Saturday night in Gush Etzion, and Sunday night in Tel Aviv. And if you missed it? Don’t despair… I have no doubt Comedy for Koby will continue to be a wonderful bi-annual tradition for a long time to come.


Kermet Apio
Kermet Apio – Photo credit: Laura Ben-David
Erin Jackson - Comedy for Koby
Erin Jackson (Laura Ben-David)
Bob Zany - Comedy for Koby
Bob Zany (Laura Ben-David)
End of the show Q&A - Photo credit: Laura Ben-David
End of the show Q&A (Laura Ben-David)
About the Author
Laura Ben-David is a photographer, public speaker and Israel advocate. Inspired by her Aliyah experience, Laura began writing and never stopped. She is the author of the book, MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal, a memoir of her move to Israel. She has spoken all over the world about Israel, Aliyah and other topics, often with beautiful photographic presentations. Formerly the head of social media at Nefesh B'Nefesh, Laura is the director of marketing at Shavei Israel as well as a marketing consultant.
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