Max and Willy’s Last Laugh (A staged reading for Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills)

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When German star, comedian Max Ehrlich, and his best friend, composer Willy Rosen were caught in Holland in 1942 and sent to the Westerbork Transit Camp, the commandant recognized Max and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse: Every Monday night before the train leaves for Auschwitz the next morning, Max and Willy will do a cabaret. IF they are funny, they do it next week. If not — they are on the train. What followed was 18 months of the funniest cabaret in all of Europe! 

Come witness the original Funny or Die.

Staged reading performances of Max & Willy’s Last Laugh will take place on December 7 @ 8pm and December 8 @ 5pm at UCLA James Bridges Theater in Westwood located at 235 Charles E Young Dr E, Los Angeles, CA 90095.

These performances feature live music and the talents of Jake Broder (Morning Show, Silicon Valley), Conor Duffy (Superstore, Good Girls), Kerry O'Malley (Snowpiercer, Terminator Genisys), Ben Bodé (Empire Records), Leo Marks (The Maestro, All My Children), Larry Cedar (Deadwood), Lucy Davenport (Thor:Ragnarok, Dr. Strange), Apollo Dukakis (ER), Mike Lanahan (American Horror Story), and Jamie Farr (M*A*S*H*).  The creative team includes The Goodman's Henry Wishcamper (Director), Grammy and Emmy winning John McDaniel (Music Director) and multiple Ovation winning Louis & Keely Live at the Sahara's Jake Broder (Co-writer).

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Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Max and Willy’s Last Laugh, written by Jake Broder and Conor Duffy, a dark musical comedy, is inspired by the true story of Max Erhlich and Willy Rosen, popular Jewish cabaret stars who plied their trade in Nazi Germany. The racial laws and the onset of war caused the duo to flee to Holland, where they were caught and imprisoned in the Westerbork Transit Camp, a holding place where 94,643 persons were eventually put on trains to the death camps of Auschwitz and Sobibor. The commandant of the camp recognized the comedians and put them to work. They were charged with the task of creating and performing a cabaret show every Monday night. If they were successful in delivering laughs, skits and songs, they could do it again next week. If not, they were on the train to Auschwitz in the morning.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review


Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes

Max and Willy’s Last Laugh, written by Jake Broder and Conor Duffy, a dark musical comedy, is inspired by the true story of Max Erhlich and Willy Rosen, popular Jewish cabaret stars who plied their trade in Nazi Germany. The racial laws and the onset of war caused the duo to flee to Holland, where they were caught and imprisoned in the Westerbork Transit Camp, a holding place where 94,643 persons were eventually put on trains to the death camps of Auschwitz and Sobibor. The commandant of the camp recognized the comedians and put them to work. They were charged with the task of creating and performing a cabaret show every Monday night. If they were successful in delivering laughs, skits and songs, they could do it again next week. If not, they were on the train to Auschwitz in the morning.

sweet - Paul Myrvold - Theatre Notes - ...read full review