Get ready for laughs, drinks and dancing this holiday season in Detroit. An all-star lineup is set to take the stage on Saturday, Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m. at The Eastern, 3434 Russell, in Detroit’s Eastern Market.
The show, titled simply LIT, will feature the hilariously-irreverent comedic duo from the popular web series YidLife Crisis, live music from local band Klezundheit and a DJ — all MC’d by Hollywood standup comedian (and Metro Detroit native) Sandy Danto. The event is 21+, with a cash bar and entertainment aimed at a younger crowd — whether in age or at heart.
The evening of laughs is being organized by The Well, and sponsored by the JCC of Metro Detroit, NEXTGen and the Jewish Federation, with additional support from the Schvitz, Reboot and Provisions Ferndale, which is providing free vegetarian appetizers to accompany fresh latkes, available when doors open until supplies last.
The young duo YidLife Crisis — made up of actors Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion — are best known for their edgy short skits in Yiddish with English subtitles. While in town, they’ll be filming a curated tour of Jewish Detroit, produced by the JCC under the direction of Emmy Award-winning film director and editor Michael Elliot. The short video, part of YidLife’s #GlobalShtetl series featuring Jewish cities around the world, will be released online in early 2018 and feature a blend of prominent young Metro Detroit leaders and curious Jewish tales of Detroit past and present.
The Klezundheit band performs an eclectic mix of modern klezmer, gypsy, Balkan, Israeli, Jewish and jazz music. Comprised of an extensive musical array — flute, violin, trumpet, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, harmonica, accordion, bass, tuba, piano and percussion — the band also leads its audience in traditional Jewish folk dance instruction.
Reached by the Jewish News while on a treadmill in Hollywood, Calif., comedian Sandy Danto said: “Hey, Detroit! I gotta get this workout in so I can eat as much Buddy’s Pizza and Coney Island hot dogs as I can while I’m there [heavy breathing].”
Jamie Elman, actor behind the character Chaime in YidLife Crisis, looks forward to the show as well: “We’re seriously delighted to get seriously LIT in Detroit this Hanukah. Chanukah. Chanukkah. Whatever. Lit’s do this, Motor City … LIT’chaim!”
Tickets for LIT are available for $25 at bit.ly/welllit and include one complimentary drink and a near-guarantee that you’ll be blissfully offended at some point in the show.