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Fantastic Comedy: Loads of Laughs

Program Number: 14134RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/23/2013 - 5/28/2013; 12/30/2014 - 1/4/2015; 5/21/2015 - 5/26/2015; 9/3/2015 - 9/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $899.00 - 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

5-23-2013, 12-30-2014, 5-21-2015, 9-3-2015

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
   Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel is ideally located just four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers inspiring views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the Bay. Burlingame’s charming downtown shopping and dining district is just minutes away and provides guests with plenty of options for exploring.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: The spacious, stylish guest rooms are decorated in all-white linen with honey sycamore wood accentsand furnished with luxurious sheets to create a refreshing, relaxing atmosphere. The bathroom features a generous counter and vanity space decorated in crisp clean accents. Each guest room contains a 42” flat screen HDTV with GuestLink™ system with complimenatry HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. Each room is equipped with a coffee maker and tea service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, curved shower rod, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA daily newspaper delivery Mon-Fri. Guest rooms offer an efficient work-space with an ergonomic desk chair and work desk with adjustable lamp. High-speed internet access is available at a daily rate of $9.95.
  Facility amenities: The charming Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Guests can also enjoy their favorite cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Guests may customize their experience with the GuestLink™ system, which allows them to plug in their iPod, camera or laptop to the in-room system. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. Wi-Fi INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the hotel lobby area only. High speed Internet access in guest rooms and other areas of the hotel is available at the rate of $9.95 per day.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for current rate. Call hotel for current rate.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for current rate. Call hotel for current rate.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3pm for hotel check-in and program registration. You will be staying at Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
1pm after lunch on closing day. Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please note on your Personal Information Form if you are traveling with someone you would like to be housed next to.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
phone: 650-340-8500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Ten minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

Shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit the airport on the Departure level. Cross over to shuttle island. Look for black shuttle which reads "Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront/Embassy Suites."

 
Driving Directions
  From the north to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From the south to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
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: Stand-up Comedy with Maureen Langan
(Thursday, May 23)
   
 Afternoon: 3:00pm PROGRAM REGISTRATION in hallway next to meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

4:30 ORIENTATION: The group leader will go over program details and answer any questions.

 Dinner: 5:30 Dinner in hotel meeting room
 Evening: 7:15-8:00 STAND-UP COMEDY: MAUREEN LANGAN

Maureen performs all over the world and was a finalist in the 2009 San Francisco Comedy Competition and the winner of the 2009 MAC Award for Best Female Comic. She’s appeared on The Joy Behar Show, Comics Unleashed, and HBO and she’s a regular at Carolines on Broadway in New York City. Maureen grew up in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, where there is no lake.

   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Great Jewish Comedians and Stand-up Comedy with Jeff Applebaum
(Friday, May 24)
   
 Breakfast: 6:00-9:00am Hot breakfast buffet in hotel meeting room
 Morning: 9:30-11:30 CLASS: 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: 12:00 Lunch in hotel meeting room
 Afternoon: 1:30-3:30 CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians
 Dinner: 5:30 Dinner in hotel meeting room
 Evening: 7:15-8:00 STAND-UP COMEDY: JEFF APPLEBAUM

After 20 plus years in California, New York City native Jeff Applebaum 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.

   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Today's World of Stand-up Comedy and Stand-up Comedy with Fred Anderson
(Saturday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: 6:00-9:00am Hot breakfast buffet in hotel meeting room
 Morning: 9:30-11:30 CLASS: Today’s World of Stand-up 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 laugh.

 Lunch: 12:00 Lunch in hotel meeting room
 Afternoon: 1:00-5:30 FREE-TIME

In the local area, you can explore the San Francisco Bay Trail which offers scenic views of the bay and the East Bay. You can also take the city of Burlingame's complimentary shuttle to downtown Burlingame which has many charming shops and restaurants.

 Dinner: 5:30 Dinner in hotel meeting room
 Evening: 7:15-8:00 STAND-UP COMEDY: FRED ANDERSON

Fred caught the performing "bug" in 1976 and was instantly hooked. His first performances at the “Renaissance Pleasure Faire” in California (yup, he wore tights and a pirate shirt!) turned a hobby into a profession. The show is a high energy combo of stand-up comedy, crazy stunts, magic & escape-artistry. His live appearances have taken him the world over to festivals and events including two World Expos, The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, The Lincoln Center Summer Out-of-Doors Festival, The Festival Praha in Prague, the New York Comedy Festival and for the past eight years, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest theater event in the world. His TV appearances include FOX TV’s “Comedy Express”, A & E’s “An Evening at the Improv” and “New York Street Performers” on PBS.

   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Great Jewish Comedians; Narrated Bus Trip to Highlights of San Francisco; and Stand-Up Comedy with Jerry Goldstone and Norm Goldblatt
(Sunday, May 26)
   
 Breakfast: 6:00-9:00am Hot breakfast buffet in hotel meeting room
 Morning: 9:30-11:30 CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians
 Lunch: 12:00 Lunch in hotel meeting room
 Afternoon: 12:45-5:00 FIELD TRIP: Narrated bus trip to the highlights of San Francisco
 Dinner: 5:30 Dinner in hotel meeting room
 Evening: 7:15-8:00 STAND-UP COMEDY: JERRY GOLDSTONE

Jerry’s comedy is refreshingly clean, smart and imaginative in a world where comedy is too often dumb or dirty. That's why he's one of the Bay Area's favorite hosts for comedy, music festivals and charity events. He also performs as "The Sales Comedian" with an act specifically for corporate sales meetings. As The Sales Comedian, Jerry delivers hilarious comedy all about the world of selling - from cold calling, to presentations and proposals, to closing the deal.

NORM GOLDBLATT has been a contributor to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His material touches on everything from current events, politics and life in the Silicon Valley to the world of science. He appears at corporate events and in all the major comedy clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area: Rooster T Feathers, Cobb’s Comedy Club, Punch Line, Throckmorton Theater and the Improv where he opens regularly for tech comic, Don McMillan.

   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Today's World of Stand-up Comedy and Stand-up Comedy with Dan St. Paul
(Monday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: 6:00-9:00am Hot breakfast buffet in hotel meeting room
 Morning: 9:30-11:30 CLASS: Today’s World of Stand up 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 laugh.

 Lunch: 12:00 Lunch in hotel meeting room
 Afternoon: 1:15-3:15 CLASS: Today's World of Stand up Comedy
 Dinner: 5:30 Dinner in hotel meeting room
 Evening: 7:15-8:00 STAND-UP COMEDY: 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 the most requested comedy pieces on radio, The First Baseball Game. Dan hosts a comedy showcase every Monday at Club Fox in Redwood City, CA.

   
Accommodations: Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Great Jewish Comedians
(Tuesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: 6:00-9:00am Hot breakfast buffet in hotel meeting room
 Morning: 9:30-11:30 CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians
 Lunch: 12:00 Chef’s Selection of Lunch, Coffee, Hot Tea & Ice Tea.

Program is over after lunch; hotel checkout is noon.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
1401 Shoreline Blvd

Mountain View, CA 94043

650-810-1010

The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society and is home to the largest collection of computing artifacts in the world. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm.

Directions: Take 101 south. Exit Shoreline Blvd. Turn left onto Shoreline. Cross through intersection. Museum in on the right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/

  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
86 Canada Rd.

Woodside, CA 94062

650-364-8300

Filoli is a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Filoli welcomes the public to this remarkable 654 acre property, including the 36,000 square foot Georgian country house and spectacular 16-acre English Renaissance garden.

Directions: Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/

  Hiller Aviation Museum
601 Skyway Road

San Carlos, CA 94070

650-654-0200

Hiller Aviation Museum, located six miles from the hotel, is dedicated to the dreams of flight, looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. The museum collection includes many aircraft exhibits. Vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. There's an extensive gift shop on the premises. The museum is adjacent to the San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. Open 10am-5pm daily

Directions: Take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/

  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035

650-604-5000

Experience NASA technology and missions first hand. Open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4pm; free admission.

Directions: Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway. Turn right at stoplight. As you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate. The center is on the right. Proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html

  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around the campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center and the Hanna Honeycomb House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Directions: Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/

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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