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MJCCA Book Fest: Mark Schiff, Why Not?

view options The 32nd Edition of the Book Festival of the MJCCA Presents Mark Schiff, Why Not: Lessons on Comedy, Courage, and Chutzpah

Author Talk, Q & A & Book Signing

From master comedian Mark Schiff, a long-time touring partner of Jerry Seinfeld, comes a hilarious account of decades of foolery with comedy and acting legends and how he honed his mensch skills in all of life’s arenas. Pursuing a career in comedy has always taken a lot of chutzpah. Today, Schiff looks back at his fifty-year career as a stand-up comic, actor, and writer and knows he’s laughed with the best of them. His comedy and character have been widely praised by everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Bill Maher, Paul Reiser, and Colin Quinn—as Seinfeld writes in his foreword, Schiff is “the greatest comedy pal a guy could ever wish for”—but it hasn’t always been easy. Schiff recounts growing up Jewish in the outer boroughs of New York City and shares how he survived a harrowing childhood and managed health crises, aging, marriage, parenting, and career highs and lows. With wit and wisdom, Mark reminds us that no matter the troubles at-hand, the show must always go on.


Mark Schiff has headlined at comedy clubs nationwide, appeared multiple times on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman, and toured worldwide with Jerry Seinfeld for fifteen years. He is also a regular contributor to LA’s Jewish Journal and the host of the podcast You Don’t Know Schiff.

Books will be available for purchase on the evening of the event from our partner bookseller, A Cappella Books!
date time location fee age code
date MJCCA Book Fest: Mark Schiff, Why Not?
Wednesday, 11.15.2023 - 11.15.2023 (1 session)
time 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
location MJCCA Zaban Park fee Member: $18 & Non-member: $22 age 18 - 120 Years code #53802 Buy Tickets
Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm