Friday December 6th ,Jerry Farber Performs at his comedy Best , A veteran Comedian of Epic Proportions, Jerry Shares his vision of the world
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Jerry was 13 years old and enjoying his celebration at a country club in his hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina, when the 300 guests began to grumble about the entertainment. “Turned out to be great food, a terrible band, and an even worse comedian,” Jerry remembered in our accompanying two-minute Moments video.
Jerry’s mother, remembering watching her son deliver jokes to his toys when he was younger, grabbed him during the party and implored him to take control of the stage that night. She shoved Jerry up to the microphone, urging him to thank his guests and hosts and perhaps tell a few jokes.
Looking out over the bored crowd, he suddenly saw his uncle who had flown in from Miami for the bar mitzvah and told a Henny Youngman joke he adapted for the occasion.
“My uncle flew up from Miami,” Jerry started. “He told the airline baggage desk: ‘I want this piece of luggage to go to Greensboro, North Carolina, this to go to Baltimore, and this to go to L.A.’ And the woman at Eastern Airlines at the time said, ‘No, we can’t do that.’ And my uncle Bernie said, ‘Why? You did it twice last week.’ ”
The crowd erupted in laughter. It was a feeling of elation Jerry had never felt before.
“I acted nervous but I wasn’t,” Jerry said. “I was more comfortable on stage than off stage.”
Jerry performed for 20 minutes, amusing his party guests as if they were a crowd that had come just to see his comedy set. Many performers will report that they are more comfortable on stage – under the lights and in front of the crowd – than they are in small conversational and casual encounters. Jerry discovered that was how it was for him. At that Moment, he knew he had found something he loved to do.
“I loved the sound of laugher – particularly adult laughter,” he said. “And they laughed.”
Jerry’s career didn’t take off as a comedian after his performance at his bar mitzvah, but he would refer back to that Moment in the future.
“It was the most lucid Moment I had,” he said. “Most children weren’t thinking about what they were going to do – but I knew then.”
A year or two after graduating from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and working in his father’s business, Jerry became serious about pursuing his career as a comedian. This time, however, his parents were not amused.
“They really resisted,” he said. “They said, ‘Oh no, Jerry, that was your bar mitzvah then, everybody loved you then. You think you’re going to do this? No, Danny Kaye can do it, Milton Berle can do it – but you’re not them.’”
But Jerry believed in the power of laughter and he had a desire to contribute to the world in a way that only laughter could contribute.
“I forget who said it, but they talked about how laughter is what separates humans from all the other wonderful life forms,” he said. “I truly believe that if somehow we could put it (comedy) in the air all over the world, at 8:30 all over the world, and people could laugh because it is such an engaging way to share with strangers … it would save the world.”
- See more at: http://saportareport.com/blog/2013/02/jerry-farbers-moment-was-the-first-time-he-performed-comedy-for-300-guests-unexpectedly/#sthash.oCKosSiM.dpuf
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