Have you ever done stand-up comedy, or sit-down comedy around the dining room table? If so, the Krewe Du Mishigas is looking for you.

The Jewish marching Mardi Gras Krewe in New Orleans is holding a “Funniest Jew in the Deep South” competition, to be held Nov. 18 at Touro Synagogue. Comedienne Ellen Steigman, who has performed nationally, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

According to Steigman and fellow co-chair John Valentino, “our comedy night last year was a great success, so we’ve decided to expand.”

The grand prize will include a cash prize, “bragging rights, membership and a featured marching spot in Krewe du Mishigas. And OY! Will your family kvell!”

The Krewe marches each year as part of the Krewe du Vieux parade, the only one which marches through the French Quarter.

Hopefuls seeking the title need to send a 5-8 minute sample doing stand-up as an audition. Audio tape, videotape, CD and DVD are acceptable. All tapes must include telephone or e-mail contact information, and be submitted by Oct. 10. There is an $18 entrance fee, and the audition tapes will not be returned.

A Krewe committee will review the tapes, and notify finalists by Oct. 18.

Tapes should be sent to the Funniest Jew in the Deep South Competition, 171 Woodside Drive, Mandeville, LA 70448.

For competitors from outside the area, a limited number of spaces will be available for home hospitality with Krewe members.

The co-chairs added, “Yes, life does go in New Orleans… and we are dealing with it in traditional Jewish fashion — by laughing.”


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