Israeli Satire Show Headed to N.Y.

The award-winning TV program "State of the Union," which features some of the country’s best-known comedians, will stage a performance in the Big Apple.

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Israel’s satirical TV show “State of the Nation” ("Matzav Ha’Uma” in Hebrew) will be performed in New York on January 14, before beginning its seventh season on Israel’s Channel 2.

Comedians Orna Banai, Einav Galili, Guri Alfi and the show’s moderator Lior Shlein will perform at the NYU Skirball Center, primarily in Hebrew. Some surprise guests are also scheduled to appear during this special event, preparations for which have already begun.

“Americans are already familiar with Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s mother and with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. In contrast, Orna and Einav are afraid of flying,” says Shlein. “Guri and I are also athletically challenged in comparison to [Israeli NBA players] Omri Caspi and Gal Mekel. Hence we try to help where we know how, such as by fixing [U.S. President Barack] Obama and [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s troubled relations, re-opening the nuclear program deal with Iran, helping Secretary of State Kerry move the negotiations with the Palestinians forward. In addition, we’ll bring with us from Israel huge supplies of snacks that Israelis living abroad sorely miss.”

Matzav Ha’Uma, which first aired in 2010, is a weekly satirical program in which Shlein and company express their opinions on current events, as well as hosting politicians, creative artists and other famous Israelis. Last year it received the Israeli equivalent of an academy award for best entertainment program.

The cast of the Channel 2 satirical show "State of the Union." Credit: courtesy