Jewish, Muslim comics to share laughs

RUTLAND Spanning the religious divide, comedians Azhar Usman, a Chicago-based Muslim, and Vermont Rabbi Bob Alper will take the stage at Rutlands Unitarian Universalist Church Wednesday, August 20 to share laughs and their humanity. Theres a reason why XM and Sirius satellite radio play Alpers comedy bits several times daily often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby comedy bits. Alper, a resident of East Dorset, is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. All that education prepared him well for a 22-year-long comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way thats hilarious, sophisticated, and 100 percent family clean. Some political comments may upset some attendees. Usman is perhaps the worlds most famous American Muslim comedian. He was the subject of an entire episode of ABC-T.V.s Nightline, and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Showtime in Rutland is 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 20. The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 117 West St. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. $15 for seniors and students. Advance tickets available at the Book King, 94 Merchants Row. For more details, call 802-775-0850. Adults and children 11 and over are welcome.

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