Books

THE 188TH CRYBABY BRIGADE:
A SKINNY JEWISH KID FROM CHICAGO FIGHTS HEZBOLLAH

“A hilarious take on the sometimes absurd alternative reality of the IDF.”
– The Jerusalem Post

The 188th Crybaby Brigade: A Skinny Jewish Kid from Chicago Fights Hezbollah is my comedic memoir about my service in a combat unit of the Israeli army.

The book chronicles my entire service in the IDF, from my first visit to the Tel Ha-Shomer Military Induction Center and on through basic training, tank school, and a three-month stint in Lebanon taking part in operations against Hezbollah.

I wrote the book six years after I got out of the army. It took me that long to process the experience and figure out the narrative arc.

I’ve developed the content from Crybaby Brigade into a serioc-omic lecture. To inquire about a presentation for your community, contact me at [email protected].

You can purchase The 188th Crybaby Brigade on Amazon.

BALABOOSTA: BOLD MEDITERRANEAN RECIPES TO FEED THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE

In 2011, Israeli chef and two-time Chopped! Champion Einat Admony asked me to co-write her cookbook, Balaboosta.

Why would a chef hire a comedian to help her write a cookbook? Simple: Einat’s pretty funny herself, and she wanted her cookbook to be not only instructional but entertaining. Over the course of a year, I interviewed Einat and composed comedic essays that introduce the various sections of the book.

The New York Times called Balaboosta an “inventive and heartily satisfying twist on Middle Eastern-meets-Mediterranean cuisine.” The book made several “10 Best Cookbooks of 2013” lists.

“Belly Laughs
Occasionally, Einat and I perform a live stage show together called “Belly Laughs.” It’s part stand-up comedy, part cooking-demo.

To inquire about bringing Belly Laughs to your community, email us at [email protected].

THERE IS NO BALL

In March 2022, St. Martin’s Press will publish There Is No Ball.

My co-writer is tennis coach Ian Westermann. Ian is the Head Pro and founder of EssentialTennis.com, the world’s largest online portal of tennis instruction.

In There Is No Ball, Ian and I share everything he knows about tennis technique, strategy, and the mental side of the game, based on his 30 years as a competitive Junior, Top-20 ranked NCAA doubles player, and high-performance coach.

To help bring Ian’s incredible philosophy to the masses, we developed a joint book presentation / on-court tennis masterclass. To inquire about a presentation in your community, email us at [email protected].

Joel’s writing has been featured in the Washington Post, the New York Jewish Week, the Forward, The Big Book of Jewish Humor—25th Anniversary Edition, and The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes.