Circumcise Me: The Comedy of Yisrael Campbell

Circumcise Me
Underwritten by Pesia and Bruce Entin

It’s non-stop laughter when standup comedian Yisrael Campbell—born Chris Campbell—tells of his conversion to Judaism from Catholicism. You can’t help but laugh as he relates how he had three circumcisions (it’s true!). His story is a side-splitting true tale of his conversion to Reform, then Conservative then Orthodox Judaism. Yisrael, who after a stint with illegal substances, says he was born “Catholic enough to know I was going to hell,” now has the pais to prove his Orthodox commitment. And, by the way, he lives in Jerusalem. Laughs galore are promised as Yisrael delivers standup comedy in this unusual story. 

Following the film:

It’s an afternoon of comedy at the Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival. Immediately after the movie, well-known South Bay comedian Jeff Applebaum will keep the laughs flowing.

Please note: Ticket prices for the movie and comedy show additionally are: $18, general; $14, seniors and students

Stand-up comedy show
Underwritten by Susan and Mark Levine

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Film Details
David Blumenfeld & Matthew Kalman
Written by:
Yisrael Campbell
USA, Israel
Running time:
47 min.


Well-known South Bay comedian

Jeff Applebaum

About Jeff: After 18 years in California, this New York City native tells of his Chinese wife who orders from take-out menus in fluent Mandarin, and their teen son who calls himself “Jewnese,” because he says it sounds better than “Chine-ish.” Jeff recently made his national U.S. TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson."  He has also opened for and performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Kevin Pollak, Jake Johannsen, and more.

Jeff was cast by Sandy Hackett, the late Buddy Hackett's son, to play the principal role of Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute "The Rat Pack Is Back," in San Francisco, Chicago, Manchester, NH, and Las Vegas. (See his website at

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