Shalom Austin Announces 2019 IGNITE! Entertainer Jeff Ross

Shalom Austin Announces 2019 IGNITE! Entertainer Jeff Ross

Comedian Jeff Ross will provide the entertainment at this year's IGNITE!

Shalom Austin has announced that Jeff Ross will be the featured entertainer at IGNITE!, the organization’s premier fundraising event of the year, April 14, 2019, at the Fairmont Hotel.

Jeff Ross is a respected comedian, writer, director and producer also known as “The Roastmaster General.”

Born Jeffrey Ross Lifschultz, his wildly popular live show “Bumping Mics with Jeff Ross and Dave Attell” is streaming on Netflix as a three-part comedy special event. The show, which was shot over three nights at the iconic Village Underground in New York, showcases the kinship that exists between these two veteran comics and highlights special guests including Amy Schumer, Bob Saget, Paul Rudd and Michael Che.

As a regular on the Comedy Central Roasts, Ross has roasted many stars including Justin Bieber, Roseanne Barr, Joan Rivers, Charlie Sheen and the President of The United States, Donald Trump. Ross’ most recent Comedy Central Roast victim was none other than Bruce Willis.

These celebrity roasts have become a mainstay in popular culture and propelled roasting into the public eye. Building on their success, Ross launched “Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle” in 2016, a competition show in which comics go mic to mic in a battle of wits. Judged by some of the best comedy minds of our generation including Jimmy Kimmel, Kevin Hart, and Seth Rogen, Roast Battle, has introduced new stars and started a movement. Comedy Central has since taken the format internationally, producing versions of the show in Britain, Mexico and South Africa, with more international markets to come.

This past fall, Ross took roasting back in time with the forthcoming Netflix show “Historical Roasts” where Abe Lincoln, Cleopatra, Freddie Mercury and many others took their turns being roasted. The series will premiere in the spring of 2019.

Ross’ comedy specials also turn roasting into social commentary. With “Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals,” “Jeff Ross Roasts Cops,” and “Jeff Ross Roasts The Border,” Ross has used roasting to shed light on some of the more polarizing political issues of our time. These specials have taken him to a maximum-security prison, the Boston Police Department, and both sides of the Mexican border. He also hosts the podcast “Thick Skin with Jeff Ross,” which can be found on iTunes.

Ross regularly tours with the USO to perform for our troops overseas. Most recently he traveled to Iraq with Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, and performed holiday shows for soldiers stationed there.

Ross has also lent his voice to many animated projects, with performances in “Future Worm, Penn Zero: Part Time Hero,” “The Emoji Movie,” “Happy!” and as series regular “Hook Foot” on the popular Disney show “Tangled.” Ross also recently wrapped a four-episode arc on Amazon’s “Sneaky Pete.”

When asked how his Jewish upbringing has influenced his comedy career, he said, “Being Jewish makes you funny. It’s almost in our DNA. Although my Judaism isn’t the main focus of my act, it’s a big part of my personality. I love families, food, fun, parties and busting chops. Love of life. L’chaim.”

Shalom Austin's premier fundraising event of the year brings the entire community together on one night to celebrate and build connections, share our impact and spark the light of giving.

IGNITE! is chaired by Candy and David Goldstein and Heilla and Ted Lain. More than 200 community members are currently serving on the host committee, led by chairs Kellie and Steven Blustein, Marvin Brittman, Hannah Lapin, Marcia and Bruce Levy, Amanda and Robby Marks, Arlene and Lawrence Maze, Lauren and Steve Meyers, Suzanne and Stuart Newberg, Doran and Collin Oatman, Elyse and Rick Rosenberg, Kim and Matt Schocket, and Julie and Ben Waltzer. ■

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact Shana Creeger at shana.creeger@shalomaustin.org or 512-735-8014.

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