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Fantastic Comedy: Loads of Laughs

Program Number: 14134RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/30/2012 - 1/4/2013; 12/30/2014 - 1/4/2015; 5/21/2015 - 5/26/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $759.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; Holidays
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Milton Berle once said, "Laughter is an instant vacation." Come join us for a fun-filled week of comedy. From Myron Cohen to Sarah Silverman, learn how Jewish jokesters have been making us laugh for decades. Next, what’s it like to be a comedian? A stand-up comic offers insight into the creative process of a joke — from the idea to the writing to the delivery. Go backstage to learn how comedians progress up the comedy ladder to pursue their labor of love. Then, "Take my wife. Please." 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.




Highlights

• We bring the comedy club experience to you! Stand-up comedy performed by professional Bay Area comedians.
• Laugh while you learn about the great comedians of the 20th century to the present.
• Bus trip to Bay Area points of interest.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

12-30-2012

Celebrate New Year's Eve with live stand-up comedy and musical entertainment.



12-30-2014, 5-21-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle and City of Burlingame shuttle to charming downtown Burlingame.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jeff Applebaum

Comedian Jeff Applebaum made his TV debut on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams and Kevin Pollak. Jeff played Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute, "The Rat Pack is Back." He also appeared in the "The Pursuit of Happyness," with Will Smith. In addition, Jeff won the Comedian of the Year 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area Cabaret Competition. Before comedy, Jeff earned two engineering degrees from MIT.
 
Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.
 
Jerry Morucci

A native San Franciscan, Jerry Morucci leads walking explorations in the Italian neighborhoods of Potrero Hill and North Beach, where his family owned and managed Coit Tower Market. After retiring from the restaurant industry, he became active in many of the city’s cultural and historical societies. His experience in the food industry and his passion for Italian cuisine make him an instant resource for the best cappuccino, gnocchi, prosciutto and gelato in Rome as well as San Francisco.
 
Jeff Applebaum

Comedian Jeff Applebaum made his TV debut on “The Late Late Show” with Craig Ferguson. He has performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams and Kevin Pollak. Jeff played Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute, "The Rat Pack is Back" as it toured through San Francisco, Chicago and Las Vegas. He also appeared in the "The Pursuit of Happyness," with Will Smith. In addition, Jeff won the Comedian of the Year 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area Cabaret Competition. Before comedy, Jeff earned two engineering 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.
 
Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.
 
Sara Felder

Sara Felder is a solo theater artist, playwright, humorist, juggler and teacher. She ran away with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus, was a featured act in Joel Grey’s Borscht Capades, toured Cuba with Jugglers for Peace, opened for Joan Rivers, has lectured on humor all over the country and has taught juggling in California prisons and halfway houses. She continues to teach comedy and humor at San Francisco State University and Road Scholar, as well as in her popular class on solo performance at the Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre. Sara believes in the power of laughter to help talk about the most difficult subjects. For example, her solo plays have included the themes of same-sex marriage, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, mental illness and grief – and they are all comedies. Sara has earned fellowships, commissions and residencies from many agencies including the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the California Arts Council and many other organizations.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
  Burlingame, CA 5 nights
 Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Embassy Suites is located just nine miles south of San Francisco, and three miles south of the San Francisco airport, in the town of Burlingame. The hotel is located on the Bay, offering sweeping views of San Francisco and the East Bay. There is a flat walking path along the waterfront that stretches from the hotel 21 miles north and south, a large lagoon in back, and nearby parks. The interior of the hotel is spacious, with a huge central garden atrium that features waterfalls and pools.
  Contact info: 150 Anza Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-342-4600
web: www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=SFOBGES
  Room amenities: Two room suite: TV w/cable and HBO, two telephones w/voicemail and high-speed internet ports, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, wet-bar, small refrigerator, microwave oven, table seating four, coffee machine, sofa bed. Rooms will be serviced daily.
  Facility amenities: Room service, heated indoor swimming pool, two jacuzzis, steam room, fitness center, free USA Today newspaper (Monday to Friday), coin laundry, laundry/valet service, ATM, baggage storage (fee), Gift Shop, lounge/bar, restaurant, news stand, safety deposit box, fax (fee), free high-speed internet station in lobby (printing extra), wireless internet access (fee), free parking for guests, free shuttle to and from San Francisco International Airport.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call BACL office for price. Please call Bay Area Classic Learning office (in San Francisco) to let us know exactly which nights you would like to stay extra (must be contiguous w/program dates) at 650-557-9000. Please write a note on Health Form as well. Price includes breakfast.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call BACL office for price. Please call Bay Area Classic Learning office (in San Francisco) to let us know exactly which nights you would like to stay extra (must be contiguous w/program dates) at 650-557-9000. Please write a note on Health Form as well. Price includes breakfast.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3pm registration. You will be staying at Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at 1PM. You will be staying at Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Guests may park in the hotel's parking lot for free. Ask for a parking pass when you check in.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame, CA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Oakland International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 650-238-5888
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Contact shuttle company.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

About an hour. 

 

Distance:

 

35 miles

   

www.supershuttle.com

 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Embassy Suites Hotel Shuttle
phone: 650-342-4600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Free shuttle to/from SF Airport daily, every 20 mins, 5:10 am-11:50 pm (12-3 pm= every 30 mins). In Baggage Claim, go up one level to Level 2 (Departures), go out to center island Hotel Courtesy Shuttle Stop. Be sure you’re going to Embassy Suites, SF Airport/Burlingame. Shuttle has logos for Emb. Suites, Crown Plaza Suites, and Holiday Inn. If arriving before 5:10 am or after 11:50 pm, dial #68 on courtesy phone, tell operator your location, and on-call shuttle will get you at Shuttle Stop.

 

San Francisco International Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Embassy Suites Hotel Shuttle
phone: 650-342-4600

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Free shuttle to/from SF Airport daily, every 20 mins, 5:10 am-11:50 pm (12-3 pm= every 30 mins). In Baggage Claim, go up one level to Level 2 (Departures), go out to center island Hotel Courtesy Shuttle Stop. Be sure you’re going to Embassy Suites, SF Airport/Burlingame. Shuttle has logos for Emb. Suites, Crown Plaza Suites, and Holiday Inn. If arriving before 5:10 am or after 11:50 pm, dial #68 on courtesy phone, tell operator your location, and on-call shuttle will get you at Shuttle Stop.

 

San Francisco & East Bay

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
phone: web--

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Depends upon which station departing from.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Depends upon which station departing from. 

   

Visit BART's website, www.bart.gov/ for full info on fares, schedules, routes, contact numbers and station locations. Buy ticket(s) at BART station. Take train to the San Francisco International Airport BART station, go out to Domestic Terminal, and take hotel's free shuttle to hotel (see instructions above).

 
Driving Directions
  From the east From I-580 West, take I-238 which connects to I-880, and then head south on I-880. You then exit to Hwy. 92 West, going across the San Mateo Toll Bridge. Then take Hwy. 101 North, exit at Anza Blvd., go straight two blocks to the hotel.
  From the north Take Hwy. 101 South, exit on Broadway/Burlingame. Take the second exit as you come off the freeway -- Airport Boulevard/Old Bayshore Highway. Turn right and go east over the Rollins Road overpass (you drive over the freeway). Turn right on Old Bayshore Highway. Turn left onto Airport Boulevard. Turn left on to Anza and go straight two blocks to the hotel.
  From the south Take Hwy. 101 North, exit at Anza Blvd., go straight two blocks to the hotel.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation
(Sunday, December 30)
   
 Afternoon: Program registration and room check-in. One hour orientation session follows in conference room at 4:30 which is followed by dinner, 5:30-6:30. Complimentary drinks available daily in Atrium from 5:30-7:30.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: 7:15-8: Live stand up comedy
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, December 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Today's World of Standup Comedy: 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 love.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: Free Time
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: 7-10: Ring in the New Year with good cheer and laughter. Say goodbye to 2012 with your fellow Roadsters laughing at stand up comedy from two professional Bay Area comedians. Await the Times Square ball drop with snacks, cake and a champagne toast and then enjoy some live musical entertainment. Happy New Year!
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, January 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.
 Morning: 11-11:45: Standup comedy. Happy 2013! You ended the old year with laughter so start off the new year the same way.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: 1-3: Today's World of Standup Comedy
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining area.
 Evening: 7:15-8: Stand up comedy
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, January 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Great Jewish Comedians: So, You Think That's Funny? 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: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: 1-5: Bus trip to highlights of San Francisco
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining area.
 Evening: 7:15-8: Stand up comedy performed by a professional Bay Area comedian.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Closing ceremony
(Thursday, January 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Great Jewish Comedians
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: 1:30-3:30: Great Jewish Comedians
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.
 Evening: 7:15-8: Stand up comedy. Closing remarks.
   
Accommodations: Embassy Suites Hotel San Francisco-Airport/Burlingame
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, January 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in atrium.
 Morning: 9:30-11:30: Great Jewish Comedians
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining area.
 Afternoon: Program over after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame, CA Bay Front trail
There is the Bay Front trail, excellent for walking or jogging, along San Francisco Bay right in front of the hotel, with fabulous views of the Bay and four-acre park and lagoon. Trail features a small fishing pier at the far end of the hotel's parking lot, for scenic views or angling. Many bird-watching opportunities!
  Coyote Point County Recreation Area
Two miles from hotel. Coyote Point County Recreation Area (C.P.C.R.A), offers many activities, such as swimming in the Bay, picnicking, fishing, and bike riding. $5 park admission fee per car (waived for seniors 62+). Coyote Point, a rocky outcropping of chert, was once an island; the first people to utilize it were the Ohlone Indians. Three shell mounds on the north side indicate activities such as fishing, eating, or possibly religious ceremonies. In 1845, Pio Pico, the Mexican governor, granted the island to Cayetano Arenas as payment for a debt. In 1850, it was sold again to the shipping firm of Mellus and Howard, who reclaimed the marsh and erected levees and drainage ditches for a dairy pasture, and later built a pier for loading lumber. In 1940, the Howard estate sold the 402 acres to the San Mateo County Parks & Recreation Dept. Stroll (or fish) at the marina breakwater, the beach promenade (watch for windsurfers), or view the saltwater marsh with its shorebirds, just south of the yacht club. Chip a few balls at Poplar Creek Golf Course (see listing below), or visit Coyote Point Yacht Harbor and Club. Visit their website for more info on the features mentioned, or call 650-573-2592. For additional information, visit www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/smc/department/home/0,,5556687_12305989_12313345,00.html
  Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education
Two miles from hotel. Located inside Coyote Point County Recreation Area, which has a $5 entry fee per car (waived for seniors 62+). Museum entry fee is $4 for seniors 62+, $6 for adults under 62. Newly refurbished 4,000 sq. ft. walk-through aviary houses over four-dozen native California birds. Landscaped trees and plants, along with pond and waterfall, give visitors an opportunity to view the birds up-close in a natural setting. River otter exhibit; live honybee/hive exhibit; Wildlife Habitat featuring live, rescued native California species; rotating science-related exhibits; rotating art exhibits relating to the natural world. Environmental Hall features six Bay Area/California ecosystems. Themed gardens encompass 1.3 acres including a Hummingbird Garden, Butterfly Habitat and Nature's Marketplace, featuring native plants used by Native Californians. Wheelchair-accessible. See their website for driving directions and more information, or call (650) 342-7755. Closed Mondays. For additional information, visit www.coyoteptmuseum.org
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Six miles from hotel. The museum’s 53,000 sq. ft. complex consists of a main exhibit hall, an entrance atrium, 35-seat theater, 50-seat conference center, and gift shop. The Restoration Shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Collection includes 50 aircraft exhibits: Vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Call for more info, and driving directions, at 650-654-0200, or visit their website. Open 7 days a week. $6 for seniors 65+, $9 for adults under 65. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org
  Poplar Creek Golf Course
Two miles from hotel. Club house, Pro shop, restaurant/bar (specializing in Italian cuisine and seafood). Course has 18 holes. Make tee time reservations on their website or call 650-522-4653. See their website for fee rates. For additional information, visit www.poplarcreekgolf.com/index.html
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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