Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.

Jewish Comedian Accuses LA Comedy Club of Canceling Purim Show ‘Because They Don’t Want to Support Israel’

March 6, 2014 1:08 pm 17 comments
Stephen Gluckman's 'Jewish Comedian's Pre-Purim Show' Flyer, with a red "X" by the comedian after the event was cancelled. Photo: Screenshot.

Stephen Glickman's 'Jewish Comedian's Pre-Purim Show' Flyer, with a red "X" superimposed by the comedian after the event was cancelled. Photo: Screenshot.

Jewish comedian Stephen Glickman late Wednesday accused Burbank, California, comedy club Flappers of cancelling his all-Jewish pre-Purim show, scheduled for this Sunday, because club management did not want its venue used to support Israel.

On Twitter, Glickman said: “The Purim stand up show at @FlappersComedy has been cancelled because the owners said they do not support benefits that support Israel.”

“Everyone should have the right to believe what they want but a COMEDY CLUB being ANTI ISRAEL is disgraceful and as a Jewish man I am hurt!” he wrote on Twitter.

Glickman told his 283,000 Twitter followers: “I’ll be reaching out to my friends @JDLdotORG @ADL_National and @TMZ to expose @FlappersComedy for being Anti Israel.”

He responded to a question from fellow comedian Chris Neff: “‘@chrisneffcomedy: WTF happened bro?’ @FlappersComedy cancelled a Jewish stand-up show because they don’t want to support Israel. So insane.”

On the Flappers Comedy Club website, another show, headlined by Comedy Central comedian Tom Clark, had replaced Glickman’s pre-Purim event for the Sunday night, 7PM slot.

At the time of publication, the club had yet to respond to an emailed query from The Algemeiner.

Glickman, a Canadian, is also an actor and fashion designer. He is best known for playing Gustavo Rocque on the Nickelodeon television series, ‘Big Time Rush,’ from  2009 to 2013.

17 Comments

  • All American people should boycot all anti-Isreal companies so that they should feel on their own skin specially cacelling a Purim Show, without any logical reason, what it means a boycott.

  • Tina Ventura

    I would like to hear what the owners have to say. This seems to be very one sided. How can you come to a the decision of boycotting a business without hearing the other side of the story? I know for a fact that one of the owners is Jewish. So why would they even say something like that? This seems to be blown way out of proportion.

    • Easy, Tina. You just do what the fools at BDS do every day. Why care about the other side of the story when you can trouble those you hate by painting them as solely responsible for all that is wrong?

    • Yes, Tina, I agree we should hear what the owners have to say, and after they say it, boycott, divest and sanction Flappers for being anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. And in the event you’ve been in a coma for the past decade or so, there are thousands of Jewish Americans who hate Jews, not to mention Israel, which might describe that “Jewish” owner.

  • Ernie Kaputnik

    Sorry, pal. You’re barking up the wrong tree. Go cry to all your liberal Jewish friends in Hollywood, banking, media and government who support Barry Obama’s agenda. Us goyim are on the outside looking in. It’ not our fault. You’ve got some serious house cleaning to do.

  • Lets not kid ourselves. Anti-Israel is the same as Anti-Jewish. I’ll make sure everyone I know in Hollywood will get this post

  • Who said antisemithism is dead in the U.S?!

  • Why not book another venue and promote it elsewhere? Put out the word that Flappers took this position and many who wouldn’t have been interested ij coming to Flappers anyway will now have a reason to buy tickets and support the effort if for no other reason then to have their voices heard in support of Israel and let those who want to take this same position and hurst us – that we will find a way to compete with them and hurt them back

  • Really a shame because we just went there on Saturday and loved the place!!!
    Your story says nothing about a benefit but if they really said..”…they cancelled a Jewish stand-up show because they don’t want to support Israel. “….They’re plain NUTZ!!!
    Los Angeles is the second largest Jewish City in the United States!!!

    Sounds like the arabs got to them and FLAPPERS folded…just like the commotion over Soda Stream & Scarlett Johanson.

  • Undoubtedly, the Flip Floppers management violated the spirit of the First Amendment by canceling the Purim Show. This is another example of delegitimizing Israel, and the Jewish people’s right to free speech.

  • To the neo-Nazis of the politically-coerced censorship crowd, being a Jew hater is the OPPOSITE of being racist. This country is fast moving towards a total split, with pseudo-progressives giving anti-Semitism a whole new ‘legitimacy.’

  • shirley swanepoel

    It is very fashionable lately to be anti Jewish thanks to the liberal Jewish media being so in love with the Palestinians. I think this comedian is making a mistake making it a race card issue. Be gracious under duress. What will he gain by making enemies in a small industry?

    • They are NOT liberal. There is nothing liberal about anti-Semitism. They are left-wing fascists.

      • fascists are left wing by definition and they are fascists just as nazis are left wingers. Nazi means national socialists. Read Jonah Goldberg’s book Liberal Fascism.

    • Glickman is doing the right thing. How long do you want to be a rug for any one to step on?

  • I’m confused. “because the owners said they do not support benefits that support Israel.” Was this show a charity benefit with proceeds/percentage of proceeds to go to pro Israeli organizations? I see nothing on the flyer indicating this to be the case. Is this an Israeli issue? Or a being Jewish issue?

  • Wasn’t there just a lawsuit or two involving a bakery and a photographer. The owners of the businesses, out of religious conviction, chose not to do business with gay couples getting married. The judge went against the businesses.
    This time it’s only a bunch of Jews. Pure anti-Semitism. Now if you were to do a drag queen show…

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition. Comments written in all caps will be deleted.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Food Jewish Identity Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    Home of Freud and…Pita? Israelis Make Culinary Mark in Vienna

    JNS.org – Several Viennese Jews have made a lasting impact on the world. Sigmund Freud’s investigations changed the face of modern psychology. Composer Arnold Schoenberg’s innovations in atonal music changed the face of music. These days, even more Jews — in particular, Israeli Jews — are changing the face of Vienna’s culinary scene with innovations in…the art of the pita. Freudians may find a psychoanalytic motive for the local appeal of the Israeli eateries popping up in the Austrian capital. Walk […]

    Read more →
  • Features Opinion In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    In Iraqi Kurdistan, a Genocide Before Our Very Eyes

    The two bullet casings are already beginning to rust. Sheikh Nasser Pasha plucks them from the ground. “Look, one is from an AK-47, one from an American M-4.” The casings are strewn on the ground atop a long mound of dirt with a few bits of white sticks on it. It would appear unremarkable if one were walking by it. A closer look, however, reveals the white objects are pieces of human bone: arms, legs, and a single human skull. […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Features Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    Israel and the Apartheid Narrative: 2 South African Student Leaders Weigh In

    JNS.org – About two-dozen people file into Dodd 175 at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus on a Thursday night, scouting out seats and picking at the kosher pizza in the back of the lecture hall. Miyelani Pinini knows the drill. A former student president of the University of Cape Town in South Africa, she’s attended and even organized her share of free-pizza events. But now she and a fellow South African student leader were the stars of this […]

    Read more →
  • Food Spirituality/Tradition The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    The Brewish State: Israel Taps Into Growing Craft Beer Bazaar

    JNS.org – It’s widely known that Israel has penetrated the wine market, with some of its sophisticated Israeli blends surpassing historically excellent wines from areas such as the Napa Valley or Bordeaux. But what about beer? For decades, Israel has offered solely the Maccabi and Nesher brands. Not anymore. “There is a huge push of people making beer at home. The country is approaching over 30 craft breweries in the last year or two, making nearly 200 beers,” says Avi Moskowitz, […]

    Read more →
  • Arts and Culture Blogs Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Natalie Portman Says She Behaved Like ‘Average Everyday Jewish Mother’ on Set of Latest Movie

    Actress Natalie Portman acted like a typical “Jewish mother” on the set of her latest movie, Jane Got a Gun, the Israeli-born star told the New York Post‘s Page Six on Sunday. The 34-year-old, who also co-produced the western, said she made it her job to look out for everyone involved in the project, because the film has had to overcome “so many obstacles,” such as losing its director early on. She explained: “Actors changed. We suffered financial and legal challenges. We endured so many replacements. There were delays. […]

    Read more →
  • Israel Music Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    Scorpions Lead Singer Sends Message to Israel Ahead of World Tour, Tel Aviv Performance (VIDEO)

    “We’re looking very much forward to coming back to Israel this summer,” said the lead singer of the German rock band Scorpions in a video on Monday. “Make sure you don’t miss it because we rock you like a hurricane!” said a jovial Klaus Meine, quoting the band’s seminal 1984 anthem, “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” The hard rock band lands in Israel for a show at the Menorah Mivtachim Arena on July 14 as part of its 50th anniversary tour. It will be the band’s third time […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Book Reviews The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    The Collected Works of Primo Levi, Edited by Ann Goldstein (REVIEW)

    Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel were the two most immediate and authentic literary voices who gave witness to the Holocaust. Wiesel was an extrovert and a very public figure who wrote initially in French. Levi was a modest retiring chemist who wrote in Italian. Whereas Wiesel was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish Hassidic world, Levi was the product of an assimilated, secular Italian society that saw itself as Italian first and Jewish as an accident of birth. As Levi himself said, “At Auschwitz I […]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Lifestyle Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    Wine Brings Judea and Samaria to Tel Aviv

    JNS.org – Wine has long been considered a social lubricant, and it’s Nir Lavie’s hope that wine from his Har Bracha Winery in the Samarian hills will serve as a social lubricant between the city-goers of Tel Aviv and the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria, two locales split geographically, and often politically, on the left and right of the country. The new flagship store of Har Bracha has recently popped its corks on 190 Ben Yehuda Street in Tel Aviv, […]

    Read more →