Famous comedian Jay Leno, who recently left his job as host of NBC’s late-night show, and has been quiet since, is scheduled to perform at the launch of the 2015 annual campaign for the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto.
Leno, who traveled to Israel in May to host Israel’s Genesis Prize awarded that was given to former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg, said at the time that he considers himself to be “very pro-Jewish, very pro-Israeli.”
Although that was his first trip to Israel, he said it’s a great honor for him to visit the Jewish State. “It’s a great country. It’s a great people,” he said.
“At some point in your life, you have to sort of take sides. I tend to side with the Jewish point of view on many things, especially issues like this one. I realize how important Israel is,” Leno added.
The legendary comedian is set to take the stage at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for an hour of his unique stand-up comedy, the Federation said.
The September 10th UJA Campaign Launch, chaired by Sara Zagdanski and Joshua Charlat, will also include a number of Israel-related components, including a live address by Bret Stephens, the foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, a past editor of the Jerusalem post, and the winner of a Pulitzer Prize, who will be sharing his thoughts about the ongoing situation in the middle east.
Speaking to the press on his visit to Israel, Leno said that he visited the Western Wall and went sightseeing in Jerusalem. Asked whether he put a note in the wall with a request to God, he shook his head no. “I didn’t want to be pushy,” he quipped.