Thursday March 1, 2018
Doors open: 12:30 pm, Program: 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Featuring Jack Newman, David Gale and Randy Vancourt
First there was Whoopi and Joy in The View. Now we are pleased to introduce David, Randy and Yitzchok in… The Jewish View! Join the hilarity as these comedians kibbitz, shpritz and talk narishkeit for your enjoyment. So put on a costume and join in the Purim fun!
David Gale is a multiple award-winning television host, actor, writer, director, singer, improviser and teacher who over the past 35 years has made a career perfecting his unique gift of cheeky humour with heart. Nowhere is this more apparent than on Loving Spoonfuls, the internationally-airing television program that David hosts - in each episode he flirts, sings and dances with a different grandmother, playfully coaxing out her family secrets, while preparing some of the world’s best loved home-cooked meals. David won both a Gemini and a Galaxi award for Best On-Camera Performance hosting Loving Spoonfuls.
Also an accomplished stage actor, David has performed in comedies, dramas, and musicals with highlights being: The Yiddish Radio Hour; Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love; The Fantasticks; All Out; What The Butler Saw and The Pirates of Penzance at Stratford.
As a solo performer, David’s sexy and funny Elvis Shmelvis has left audiences “plotzing” and swooning at the Ashkenaz Festival, Spiegeltent and at other venues across Canada. Gale won over live theatre audiences hosting Toronto's Theatre Awards The Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2006 and the alternative theatre awards The Harolds in 2003, 2009 & 2010.
In 1989, David joined forces with composer/writer/performer Randy Vancourt and created GILBERT & GLICK, a singing, songwriting comedy team, and they have performed together in theatres and clubs across Canada ever since. In 1993 they penned the hit musical comedy Chutzpah à go-go, which won rave reviews, a Dora Award and has played to sold-out houses in St. Paul, Montreal, Winnipeg and Toronto.
Jack Newman has been a writer and actor in Toronto for more than 40 years. He has appeared in 80 film and telvision projects and thirty television commercials, including a recent ad for Fallsview Casino. He has also won a few awards, The Clio, The Bessie and an ACTRA Writers Award nomination for "Anne Murray's Ladies Night", and a Berlin Silver Bear for the NFB's; "Village of Idiots". He has had a lot of fun meeting interesting and creative performers and directors, like Sydney Lumet and Nicholas Meyer, Tom Cruise and Ben Affleck.
At the Miles Nadal JCC, Jack is one of our most popular guest speakers. Some of his programs have included: “From the Goldbergs to the Goldbergs: How Jews Helped Shape Television Comedy”; “The Yiddish Theatre of Moscow and 2nd Avenue”; “Classic Radio Shows – You’re on the Air”; “Make ‘Em Laugh: Legendary Jewish Comedians” and most recently “Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Genius of Neil Simon”.
An award-winning writer, composer and performer, Randy Vancourt has appeared across Canada and the United States as a musician, conductor, playwright and comic, including working with both Second City and The Muppets. His songs have been performed by the likes of Rick Mercer, Mary Walsh, Cathy Jones and John Neville.
Randy has written numerous musicals and comedies including The Rocky Road To Dublin; Boardwalk! The Doo-Wop Show, and Born Lucky, a musical he based on the writings of his father, award-winning author A. Lawrence Vaincourt. His other original stage musicals include Forever For Now, The Christmas Show and the musical murder mystery Dead Air, which enjoyed a 10-month run at Mysteriously Yours Theatre. For over 17 years, Randy has toured as one-half of The Original Canadian Dueling Pianos, and was also one of the co-creators of Radio Freaks, who were heard nationally for 3 years on Canadian radio.
A skilled multi-instrumentalist, Randy has been Musical Director on dozens of stage productions, including several national tours. He has conducted productions ranging from The Drowsy Chaperone and The Full Monty to Anne of Green Gables and The Brady Bunch Live.
With Loving Spoonfuls star David Gale, Randy wrote the wildly successful Chutzpah À Go-Go, that went on for a lengthy 4 year run in Canada.