For its third annual comedy night, Fleetwood Synagogue went back to the man who started it all, British comedian Ashley Blaker.
Mr. Blaker wowed a packed house on Saturday night, as the shul’s main sanctuary was transformed into a comedy club not unlike what you’d see in Greenwich Village. A full bar, pub snacks, and candlelit tables set the atmosphere for a memorable evening in the shul’s first in-person social event since the pandemic began.
Ashley Blaker impressively wrote his own ten commandments as a means of explaining some quirks of Judaism to a Muslim friend, going on about Jewish holiday programs, Jewish and Israeli flying habits, and the tradition of overeating – all of which was appropriate, given the buffet of snacks and beverages available for audience enjoyment.
A tradition that began a few years ago, when a group of community members heard Mr. Blaker was stateside and decided to host a comedy night, served as a triumphant return to Saturday night in-person programming in the shul. Pre-pandemic, Fleetwood Synagogue hosted comedians, scholars, and academics as part of its community-wide events. The community is looking forward to bringing back more programming, planning Purim festivities, community Shabbos luncheons, and a shul dinner.