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Fantastic Comedy: Loads of Laughs

Program Number: 14134RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/21/2015 - 5/26/2015; 9/3/2015 - 9/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $949.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Arts, Misc.; Holidays
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt; Vegetarian    

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

5-21-2015, 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" 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 SFO Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton SFO Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton SFO Bayfront is located 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. The charming downtown section of Burlingame is filled with plenty of shopping and dining options.
  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: All rooms are equipped with a hairdryer, coffee maker and tea service, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. Each guest room contains a 42 inch flat screen HDTV with complimentary HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA Today daily, Monday through Friday. INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary wireless internet access in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: The Hilton SFO Bayfront is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides beautiful 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 fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Laundry and dry cleaning services available. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is available in the lobby PARKING: Complimentary parking is available for Road Scholar guests.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates, or go to http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.htmland enter dates that are before or after program, then go to menu on left side of screen and click on link at the bottom that says "Have a special code"; on the next screen enter the corporate account number: 2747104 and click update information. The Road Scholar preferred rates, if available, will be shown under the regular hotel rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on availability Call the hotel for current room rates, or go to http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.htmland enter dates that are before or after program, then go to menu on left side of screen and click on link at the bottom that says "Have a special code"; on the next screen enter the corporate account number: 2747104 and click update information. The Road Scholar preferred rates, if available, will be shown under the regular hotel rates.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration takes place 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends at noon after the final class on the closing day. Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for the final class. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. On the enclosed Personal Information Form (PIF), you are asked to list any food allergies or intolerances. In addition, please include any foods (i.e. fish, beef, poultry entrees) that you do not or are unable to consume. In lieu of the regular meal plan, you will receive a vegetarian entree. In order to accommodate your request, we must have this information three weeks in advance (no exceptions). There will be no changes to the menu once the program has started. Also indicate to us, on your PIF, the name of your roommate/ traveling companion and if you are traveling with other individuals and wish to be assigned a room near them. Photo ID
  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 (SFO)

 

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:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

The hotel shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit SFO on Departure level and cross intersection to wait for shuttle to come by within 20 minutes. Look for black shuttle which reads, HILTON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BAYFRONT/EMBASSY SUITES.

 
Driving Directions
  From Highway 101 north of Burlingame 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 Highway 101 south of Burlingame 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.
  From Interstate 5 north of Sacramento Travel I-5 south to I-505. Travel I-505 south to I-80 west. Cross Bay Bridge ($6 toll). I-80 becomes Highway 101 south. 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 Interstate 5 north of San Diego Travel I-5 north to I-580 west. Take I-580 to I-238 north. Take I-238 to I-880 south. Take I-880 to the San Mateo Bridge. Cross bridge ($5 toll). Take Highway 101 north towards San Francisco. 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.
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: Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Orientation/ Welcome Dinner
(Thursday, May 21)

Note: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m.



   
 Afternoon: Program Registration: 3:30-4:30 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table at our private meeting room to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Orientation: 4:30 p.m. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.
 Dinner: In the hotel, enjoy a plated meal with salad, entrée, side dishes including seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, dessert, and beverage options including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Evening: Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Great Jewish Comedians Part 1 / Men, Women & Comedy / Stand-up Tonight!
(Friday, May 22)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel restaurant, the tasty breakfast buffet offers scrambled eggs, smoked bacon and grilled sausages, breakfast potatoes, oatmeal and cold cereals including granola, yogurts, fresh fruit, bagels and cream cheese, assorted breads and pastries, milk, juices, coffee, assorted teas, water.
 Morning: So you think that’s funny? Although Jews make up less than 3% of the general population, Jewish funny men and women have had an extraordinary influence on American comedy and by some estimates comprise nearly two-thirds of working comedians. Is there a distinctively Jewish humor? In Part 1 of Great Jewish Comedians, we’ll take a look at early immigrant humor mostly for Jewish audiences, in-crowd jokes including Yiddish from early 20th century vaudeville to radio, film, and on to the Borscht Belt. Some of the standouts are Smith and Dale, Emil Cohen, Mayer Zaremba, Myron Cohen, Lou Jacoby, Betty Walker, Mickey Katz.
 Lunch: In the hotel, our lunch buffet offers salad, an entrée, meats and breads for making sandwiches, fresh vegetables, dessert, and beverage choices including tea (iced or hot) and water; other beverages available for purchase.
 Afternoon: Men, Women & Comedy. Take my wife…please! As Henny Youngman’s famous line shows, it’s a common theory of comedy that we use humor to deflate anxiety, tension, or anger in relationships. (Thank you, Dr. Freud.) With our instructor who is a solo theater artist — also a playwright, humorist, and juggler in addition to being a teacher — we we’ll take a comedic look at the longest running war in history: the battle of the sexes. It was fodder for Aristophanes and others thousands of years ago who were cracking up audiences with gender-based comedy. Learn why comedy has tended to be dominated by men, differences between “women’s” humor and “men’s” humor, what changes when a man or a woman tell the same joke, gay/lesbian/bi/trans influences, and how that long-running battle continues to play out in comedy. With audio and video examples plus lots of jokes, it will lively, occasionally provocative, fun.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Stand-up Tonight! We’re joined by a hit Bay Area professional for real, live stand-up comedy just for us.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Today’s World of Stand-up Comedy Parts 1 & 2 / Stand-up Tonight!
(Saturday, May 23)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Today’s World of Stand-up Comedy Part 1. We’ll explore the art and process of stand-up comedy through the eyes and mind of a professional working comedian. We’ll walk through the history of comedy and those who have made us laugh through the years — including your favorite comedians — while asking the question, “What changed?” Learn about the different elements of show business, the potential anxieties of performing, and what it takes to be successful in today’s digital world. We’ll also view a very funny video that perfectly illustrates the trials and tribulations of starting out as a stand up comedian today.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Today's World of Stand-up Comedy, Part 2. This session is interactive. Laugh your way through a lively session, ask questions, and share and evaluate your own insights about humor. You might even choose to perform for the class!
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Stand-up Tonight! We’re joined by another Bay Area professional for real, live stand-up comedy just for us.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: San Francisco Highlights / Great Jewish Comedians Part 2 / Stand-up Tonight!
(Sunday, May 24)

Note: Note: San Francisco excursion four hours total on the motorcoach.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: We’ll be joined by a local expert for a San Francisco city excursion via private motorcoach. Our expert will provide commentary, pointing out highlights and giving the history of the “City by the Bay” with photo stops and rest stops along the way.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Great Jewish Comedians, Part 2. Then they began assimilating (“fitting in”) with humor and comedy aimed at a mainstream American audience without references to anything specifically Jewish. Some comedians changed their names for radio, film, and stage to wider acceptance in the non-Jewish world. Here are just a few: Mendel Berlinger, Nathan Birnbaum, Leonard Hacker, Murray Janowsky, and Benjamin Kubeksly. Comedians certainly weren’t the only ones. Bernard Schwartz had a pretty decent movie career as Tony Curtis!
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Stand-up Tonight! We’re joined by another Bay Area professional for real, live stand-up comedy just for us.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Great Jewish Comedians Part 3 / Free Afternoon / Stand-up Tonight!
(Monday, May 25)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Great Jewish Comedians, Part 3. Jews‘R’Us! After World War II and continuing to the present, undisguised Jewish humor was out there for public consumption across all media. It was still comedy aimed at the general mainstream American audience, but with explicitly Jewish references, sometimes from the comedian’s own experience as a Jew in the non-Jewish world. These comedians not only feel comfortable to be “out” as Jews, but lace their material with very Jewish material that the wider audience now “gets.” Members of this generation include Woody Allen, Roseanne Barr, Lewis Black, Mel Brooks, Lenny Bruce, Billy Crystal, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Klein, Jackie Mason, Gilda Radner, Joan Rivers, and Gary Shandling.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Stand-up Tonight! Another Bay Area professional entertains us with real, live stand-up comedy.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Great Jewish Comedians Part 4 / Program Concludes
(Tuesday, May 26)

Note: Note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.



   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Great Jewish Comedians, Part 4. We’ll take a look at the contemporary class of Jewish comedians such as Sasha Baron Cohen, Brad Garret, Judy Gold, Adam Sandler, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart, and more.

This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning 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

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
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. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5

650-810-1010

1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/

  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with many shops and restaurants as well as a historic train station, library and the Pez Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. (Courtesy of Filoli.org) Open February-October, 11-3:30 Tuesday-Sunday

650-364-8300

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
Hiller Aviation Museum 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. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos

650-654-0200

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
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission

650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497

Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, 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
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 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 and the Cantor Arts Center.

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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