Bio (from Wikipedia)
Ari Teman (May 10, 1982 -, in Brooklyn, NY) is an award-winning comedian, founder of 12gurus:Charity and 12gurus:Health conferences, founder of international volunteer organization JCorps, an author, designer, programmer, actor and TV personality. He has received numerous awards for his comedy, charity, and design work. He is the 2009 Jewish Community Hero of the Year, as named by the Jewish Federations of North America.
Teman is a regular at A-list clubs in New York City and has appeared in commercials on Vh1, and began appearing in January, 2011 as a regular panelist on MSNBC. He appeared on a BBC special, Planet Fry with comedian Stephen Fry. He is frequently hired to perform at charity events and colleges around North America. He is the winner of the TimeOut NY Joke of the Week and can be seen on commercials for Vh1 and Tic Tac.
White House joke
On December 16, 2009, Teman was an official guest of The White House Hanukkah Party. There, he shared one of his Obama jokes with PresidentBarack Obama, to which the president laughed, said “That’s great!” and hugged him. [group1 1]
Teman is the founder of the internationally renowned 12gurus:Charity conference, which brings together leading thinkers to discuss innovation in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors. Speakers have included best-selling author and blogger Seth Godin, founder of Dress for Success and DoSomething.org CEO Nancy Lublin, Scott Belsky, Scott Case, Scott Harrison, Jonathan Greenblatt, and other notable leaders. Videos of the conference talks, which are under 20 minutes, are available free to the world.
Teman is the founder of the international 12gurus:Health conference, which brings together leading thinkers to discuss innovation in delivering healthcare. Speakers are heads of departments at top-ranked universities, medical centers, and companies, including Mayo Clinic, Harvard, MIT Media Lab, Columbia University, UNC, NYU,University of Michigan, Dartmouth, IBM and more. Videos of the conference talks, which are under 20 minutes, are available free to the world.
Teman is the founder and volunteer Executive Director of JCorps International, an international volunteer network operating in the USA, Canada, and Israel. JCorps groups Jewish young adults ages 18–30 to volunteer for a few hours on a Sunday (Friday in Israel) or weeknight. JCorps feeds over 20,000 meals a year, visits hundreds of seniors in centers, children in hospitals, and beautifies acres of parks and beaches. For founding JCorps, Teman was named the Jewish Community Hero of the Year in 2009 and to the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36″ in 2008. Teman runs JCorps as a volunteer.
In November, 2010, Teman released the first edition of Effective Gratitude for Organizations and Individuals, a short book with direct advice on harnessing gratitude for use in corporate and personal productivity. The book builds upon Positive Psychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. The forward is written by Nancy Lublin, founder of Dress for Success and CEO of Do Something.
- In 2008, Teman was named to The Jewish Week “36 Under 36″, featuring JCorps and his comedy.[group1 3]
- In November 2009, Teman was awarded the “North American Jewish Community Hero” award at the Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly. Teman was selected over 400 other nominees in a competition with over 570,000 votes. His charity, JCorps, was awarded a gift of $25,000 for this award.[group1 4]
- In January, 2009, Teman was awarded the TimeOut New York Joke of the Week, for his joke, “There are people who still don’t wear seat belts. I don’t get it. I get people not wearing condoms — both protective devices — but nobody has ever put on a seat belt and thought, It doesn’t feel like I’m driving.”[group1 5]
- In 2008, Teman was named the winner of the first Coroflot One Hour Design Competition, run by Core77.
- “Brandeis Magazine Class Notes 2005″. Spring 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2011.
- TimeOut New York Joke of the Week
- Effective Gratitude book website
- Press related to JCorps International
- The Jewish Week; 36 Under 36: The Next Wave SOCIAL JUSTICE & GLOBAL CHANGE
- Jerusalem Post; Seriously Funny
- Ari Teman, Founder of JCorps Wins Federation Award
- Washington Jewish Week; A kosher White House party in blue and silver, Obamas host Chanukah event
- Comedy website, with schedule and videos