80-Year Old Comedian Jack Rothman
at the Ice House Comedy Club in
Distinguished Retired UCLA Professor
Comedian Jack Rothman Receives
“Lifetime Achievement Award”
Most people in their 80’s usually take it easy and don’t start second careers.
But if you’re Jack Rothman, you’ve just celebrated your 80th birthday on your feet, winning a stand-up comedy contest at the famous Ice House club in
Rothman has conducted social research in several areas of human services such as, mental health, race relations, runaway and homeless youth. Although he retired from UCLA 10 years ago, he continues to contribute to the profession through consultation, guest lecturing and publications. But for his real passion he helps community organizations and volunteers rediscover the joy in civic engagement with his humor.
"Somebody has to replace George Burns, who went on doing great stand-up until he was 100 years old. Me, I'm only 80, so I'm looking out at a long career."
Rothman, who has written 25 books and was a pioneer in his field of community development, was nominated for the Lifetime Achievement Award by Sherrill Clark, a licensed clinical social worker, Academy of Certified Social Workers, PhD, Region “A” director, National Association of Social Workers; research specialist, California Social Work Education Center.
“Jack’s broad professional social work experience and demonstrated leadership in bringing university researchers and agencies together to evaluate and improve practices in humane and socially just ways,” said
Rothman’s dramatic shift from an academic icon to a comedy star has raised eyebrows. He takes it philosophically. He says that both professors and comics have a lot in common. They are both standing up there in front facing a skeptical crowd. But there is also a difference. The comic worries that his crowd won’t start laughing. The professor worries that his crowd won’t stop laughing.
Recently profiled in Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine two years before that, Rothman wants to help citizens and volunteers across
“I want to bring comedy to grassroots organizations--civic and service groups,” said Rothman. “My aim is to enliven their meetings and activities and to help them with their needs, like membership retention, adding spirit to board meeting, brightening volunteer recognition nights, and the like.” He should know, because Rothman’s teaching and writing career dealt with improving community life--community organizing.
To keep up with Rothman’s activities, schedules and appearances visit Rothmans’s blog at http://JackRothman.blogspot.com.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE FOR JACK ROTHMAN:
The Baby-Boomers Plus group is performing on May 17th at Pomona College
Rothman is also booked for September 17th at
at a retirees club (TBA).