Monday, January 9, 2012

Comedy Showcase: Stuart Rappaport - Optometrist by Day, Comedian by Night


In 2005, Stuart Rappaport won the Jewish Week Best Jewish Comedian contest. We found a clip of this prize-winning performance and we're sharing it with you today.

A man of many talents, Rappaport is an optometrist by day in Cedarhurst, New York. When he's not doctoring, he is a stand-up comedian, a theater performer, and a cantor.

As Justin Sachs wrote in the Five Towns Herald last September,
Rappaport got his start in 2000 when he saw an advertisement in one of his local papers. “I like a challenge, and I’ve always had a flair for entertainment,” he said. “Comedy was something I always wanted to try my hand at.”

Success came early for the Orthodox Jewish doctor, who came in third place a mere three years contest after starting, followed by a second place finish the following year and taking the top spot in 2005.
Here is his prize-winning routine.  Enjoy!

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