Moshe Kasher is “Live in Oakland” for his latest release and you’re bound to enjoy it whether you’re Christian, Jewish, straight, gay, or leprechaun (which, he explains, is pretty much the same thing as being Jewish). He begins the show with a disclaimer appropriate for the beginning of any comedy show: Basically, if you don’t have a sense of humor, then go home.
The evening begins with a bit on Christians that, as a Christian, I found especially funny - cliche that it is - because it’s true. Can you really call being around other Christians for all eternity the definition of heaven? And now that we're talking about the “prizes” we get in Heaven, it would be nice to know there’s more than just a multi-stringed instrument waiting for us.
When it comes to judging a book by its cover, Kasher is more than aware of what his cover looks like and the image he projects. Despite his clothing choices he’s not gay and despite the spectacles he’s sporting, they’ve never raped anyone. He has the kind of stature that incites people in Ireland to point and laugh and although he once started a fight the most impotently Jew-y way possible, he still came out the victor so...you know...just be careful.
You can’t spend any time in New York City and not walk away with a fun story or two and Kasher is no different. His tale of being stuck on a subway car when an impromptu Rastafarian celebration breaks out is a lot of fun and when he is accused for being impolite for not taking part, the points he raises are hard to refute.
Speaking of annoying people with dreadlocks, how about those hippies? Yes, Kasher has a few words for you as well, my Jim Morrison-worshipping friends. And before you raise your voices to protest Kasher’s revelations about the true resting ground of the overrated front man from The Doors or the perfect place to hide something from a hippie, may I please direct your attention to the disclaimer at the beginning of the CD?
Confident without being cocky, Kasher is not afraid to take on his detractors. The heckler who really knows her way around a pregnancy test probably should have thought twice before thinking she could best Kasher and as he reads actual hate-filled comments left on one of his YouTube videos, it’s hard to not buy into the theory that the youth of today are going to make the earth explode tomorrow.
With a 50-minute running time, the album is just the right length. Kasher brings a generous amount of good laughs without ever wearing out his welcome. He’s just as willing to point a finger at others (who yells “next” at a comedy show?) as he is himself (a bout of food poisoning brought to light an unexpected skill) and when everyone is fair game, everyone is free to laugh.