Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table (located inside the Road Scholar meeting room) and pick up your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during Orientation, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.
Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily program schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.
During free time, the Group Leader will be available to guide informal excursions, activities, or meals not included in the program. You are welcome to join if you wish, with any associated costs (if any) on your own, or explore independently.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: At the hotel
Menus are arranged in advance for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants.
Tonight, enjoy a 3-course dinner which includes coffee, hot tea, and water. Other beverages available for purchase in the hotel bar.Evening: Stand up comedy with Jeff Applebaum
After 20 plus years in California, New York City native Jeff is finally learning to speak English. Jeff’s comedy examines his life experiences, which include being the only white kid on his Little League team in Queens, having a Chinese wife who orders from take-out menus in fluent Mandarin and raising a teen son who calls himself Jewnese because he says it sounds better than Chine-ish. Jeff made his national TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has also appeared on Comedy TV, Byron Allen’s nationally syndicated program and opened for and performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Kevin Pollak and Jake Johansen. 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, New Hampshire and Las Vegas. Jeff also appeared in the blockbuster film The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. Prior to comedy, Jeff worked as an engineer using his two degrees from MIT. Along with performing, he is currently developing the Comedy Channel for Aha Radio and lives with his wife and three children in Silicon Valley.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
When the entertainment ends, we will gather in the hotel bar for a glass of champagne while we watch the ball drop in New York.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
From Myron Cohen to Sarah Silverman, Jewish jokesters have had a disproportionate influence on American comedy. At three percent of the nation's population, Jews have made up as much as two-thirds of the country's comics. Learn how and why Jews have been making us laugh for decades.Lunch: Enjoy a plated 3-course lunch in the hotel which includes complimentary hot and iced tea and water.Afternoon: Great Jewish Comedians, Part 2Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course buffet dinner in the hotel which includes hot and iced tea and water.Evening: Stand up comedy with Dan St. Paul. Dan is a veteran of San Francisco's creative stand-up legacy. He has appeared on five episodes of An Evening at the Improv, plus numerous shows on VH-1, MTV, ABC, NBC and Comedy Central. He has opened for such superstars as Ringo Starr, Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson and Vince Gill. In a testament to the class of his act, Dan even opened for the San Francisco Symphony! He appeared in the movie Flubber with Robin Williams, and signed a recording deal with MCA records. His CD, Natural and Good for You, contains one of the most requested comedy pieces on radio, The First Baseball Game. He can be seen performing his one-man show, What's Funny After 50 in clubs around the Bay Area.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
What’s it like to be a comedian? Your instructor is a stand-up comic who offers insight into the creative process of a joke—from the idea to the writing to the delivery. You will also be taken backstage to learn how comedians progress up the tough comedy ladder to pursue their labor of laugh.Dinner: Enjoy a 3-course buffet dinner in the hotel which includes hot and iced tea and water.Evening: Today's World of Stand up Comedy, Part 2Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Maureen headlines across the country and has been featured in festivals throughout Canada, Ireland, and the UK, where she was touted as being "condescendingly brilliant." She’s appeared on The Joy Behar Show, Gotham Live, and HBO. She’s opened for Joy Behar, Steven Wright, and appeared on Broadway with Rosie O'Donnell. Maureen hosts a weekly talk show, Hangin' with Langan, on KGO Radio in San Francisco. Maureen grew up in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, where there is no lake.
Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
What does gender have to do with what’s funny? “Take my wife. Please.” As Henny Youngman’s famous line points out, it’s a common theory of comedy (thank you, Freud) that one way we use humor is to exploit the anxiety, tension or anger we have about different things. Men making jokes about women, women making jokes about men, and both making jokes about marriage and sex, have been a staple of our comedy diet since the beginning. Take Aristophanes, please. Over 2400 years ago, his plays were filled with comedy about the genders. And those cave drawings in France? What do you think they were talking about? How he won’t take out the garbage and how she put on a couple of extra pounds. Beginning with a short history of how gender has played out in humor, we will discuss the following questions: In what ways do the genders continue to battle out their differences through humor? What is the difference between “women’s” humor and “men’s” humor? Why does comedy tend to be so dominated by men? How do things change when a male or female say the same joke? How does “gendered” comedy challenge or uphold the values of the status quo? How does the humor of the gay/lesbian/bi/trans community enter into this? Employing audio and video examples and lots of jokes, this workshop, promises a lively, provocative and fun discussion.Lunch: Enjoy a 3-course plated lunch in the hotel which includes hot and iced tea and water. Program concludes after lunch.
We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch