ADL celebrates milestone with interfaith comedy

Azhar Usman

The Anti-Defamation League will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its anti-bias education program, A World of Difference Institute, with an interfaith comedy presentation at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 at The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

Rabbi Bob Alper, Reverend Jennifer Munroe-Nathans and Azhar Usman will be the featured performers during “Laugh in Peace.” Alper, an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years, offers sophisticated, hilarious —and 100 percent clean — comedy. Munroe-Nathans is a pastor in Millis, Mass. and has been performing standup across New England. Usman is perhaps the world’s most famous American Muslim comedian. He was the subject of ABC’s “Nightline” and was featured on “CBS Sunday Morning.” Appearing everywhere from the World Bank in Washington, D.C. to the Palestinian Fest in Houston, and on campuses, synagogues and churches throughout the country, the Laugh in Peace Comedy Tour builds bridges and reconciles differences through humor. The tour has been called a stereotype-destroying comedy show that believes humor may be the quickest way to world peace.

The A World of Difference Institute aims to eradicate all forms of bias-motivated hatred by confronting and counteracting all forms of racism and intolerance through education and community building. The St. Louis regional office, which covers eastern Kansas, Missouri and southern Illinois, is one of 30 offices nationwide.

The program has provided anti-bias education to schools, universities, corporations, community-based organizations and law enforcement agencies. Since its onset, it has delivered training to more than 135,000 students and adults across Eastern Kansas, Missouri and Southern Illinois.  

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Tickets are $25 ($15 for students). For more information, call Karen Aroesty at 314-721-1270, email [email protected] or visit www.adl.org/missouri.