Opening Night Stand-Up Comedy
Hosted by comedian: Ophira Eisenberg
Featuring comedians: The El Salomons, Jon Fisch, and Shawn Pelofsky

Virtual Event Sunday, June 6, 2021
Available Live from 7:30-8:30pm PDT

Join the VIJFF ‘live’ for an evening of comedy, noshing and laughter.

To create a shared experience beyond the movie screen, the VIJFF encourages purchasing nosh from local merchants, such as a new bakery, a neighbourhood cafe, a favourite restaurant.

In fact, Spinnakers has crafted a special Artisanal Nosh Box for the Opening Night of the the Feel-Good Film Festival, which is available via purchase or with a new donation of $180 or more.

Enjoy your nosh while watching the comedy event or the incredible films! And, if you feel like talking about the nosh, via the chat box in the VIJFF virtual platform you may discuss among yourselves!

Comedian Bios

Ophira Eisenberg is host of NPR’s nationally syndicated comedy-trivia show Ask Me Another where she interviews and plays silly games with celebrity guests. She is also a regular panelist on Hulu’s new late-night show, Up Early Tonight.

Ophira is regular host and teller with The Moth and her stories have been featured in their best-selling books, including the most recent: Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. Ophira’s own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film. She has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week At The Comedy Cellar, The New Yorker Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show, The Today Show, and VH-1.

Her comedy special, Inside Joke is available on Amazon and iTunes. She is also well-known for making delicious gefilte fish from scratch.

photographed by Bridget Badore for ARQ

The El-Salomons are a married Jewish-Palestinian lesbian comedy couple who after years of performing solo decided to add yet another challenge to their relationship: A duo act!

Jess Salomon (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon) and Eman El-Husseini (Just for Laughs) met and fell in love at a comedy club in Montreal a decade ago. After just one year of performing together this hilarious couple recorded a comedy special at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival, now available in Canada on Crave TV. They are also the hosts of the top-rated podcast, Comedians vs The News on the BBC World Service available Friday nights, wherever you get your pods!

Jon Fisch is one of only a handful of comedians who has appeared on both The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. With his current podcast Spiraling Up, Jon talks with people from the comedy world about handling daily struggles and digging themselves out of life’s major ruts. Sounds heavy but it’s funny too.

Jon has performed at multiple comedy festivals including the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, the Great American Comedy Festival and Montreal’s prestigious “Just for Laughs” Festival. Based in New York City, Jon can be seen regularly at the Comedy Cellar and Gotham Comedy Club.

Growing up he spent his summers at Camp Bauercrest nestled in the woods of Amesbury, MA, a wonderful place where a Jewish boy can become a man

Shawn Pelofsky was born one out of only ten Jews in her hometown of Oklahoma. She now resides in Los Angeles and can be seen performing regularly at The World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset Boulevard.

She has traveled all over the world entertaining troops in places like Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Guantanamo Bay and Bahrain. She has written for comedic legend, Joan Rivers on E!’s Fashion Police and is currently a producer on the hit CBS game show Funny You Should Ask.

Make sure you check out her one-hour special Stretch It Out! now available on Amazon.