Reboot Studios

Just For Us

June 22, 2023

Just For Us starts streaming on HBO this weekend!

Reboot Network member Alex Edelman’s Just For Us had an acclaimed Broadway run last summer in a production co-produced and funded by Reboot Studios as a part of our inaugural round of studio investments. Filmed at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre last August, HBO released the show as a comedy special now streaming on Max. Learn more about our involvement in the New York Times Critic’s Pick in Deadline andBroadway World. Don’t forget to download our discussion guide to deepen your engagement with the show!

About the show

Expertly crafted by one of comedy’s most distinctive voices, this singular theatrical experience is an exploration of identity and our collective capacity for empathy — oh, and it’s also “belly-laugh funny!” (The New York Times)

In the wake of a string of anti-Semitic threats pointed in his direction online, standup comic Edelman decides to go straight to the source; specifically, Queens, where he covertly attends a meeting of White Nationalists and comes face-to-face with the people behind the keyboards. What happens next forms the backbone of the shockingly relevant and utterly hilarious stories that comprise Just For Us.

The show moved to Broadway following acclaimed runs in London, Edinburgh, Melbourne, Boston, and Washington D.C., as well as a six-time extended Off-Broadway engagement. Read more about the show and Reboot’s involvement in Deadline and Broadway World!

Reboot Studios was launched to invest in inspirational and provocative new Jewish content like Just For Us that have universal ideas and the potential for a broad impact with a mass audience. The Broadway show was co-produced by Reboot Studios and we are thrilled that it will now be streaming and accessible to a broader public. The production arm of the arts and culture nonprofit Reboot, Reboot Studios funds and develops content for theater, television, film, podcasts, music and publishing, empowering storytellers to transform society through a Jewish lens. Find out more about the projects here.

“Uproarious! Among Edelman’s many strengths as a writer and performer is an exceptional eye for the absurd.” (The New Yorker)

Download the Discussion Guide

Last summer Reboot joined as a co-producer on Alex Edelman’s Broadway show Just For Us. The show was recorded live and will stream on MAX beginning on April 6. To supplement this hilarious and powerful special, Reboot created a discussion and learning guide to help viewers dig deeper into the themes of the show. We have identified four topics that feature prominently in Just For Us: Jewish humor, empathy, Jews and whiteness, and antisemitism and white nationalism. For each subject, we have provided historical context and discussion questions to help guide a conversation or aid in your personal reflection

 

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Alex Edelman is a comedian and writer whose Orthodox Jewish upbringing has informed critically and commercially acclaimed work for the stage and screen. He is known both for his solo shows – three, all award-winning, sell-out hits in London’s West End and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – and for his TV writing. At the start of the pandemic, he served as the head writer and executive producer of Saturday Night Seder, a star studded 70-minute special, posted on YouTube, that has so far raised $3.5 million for the CDC Foundation (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund.

Reboot’s programming is funded in part by the generous support of: Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, Schusterman Family Philanthropies, William Davidson Foundation, Joyce and Irving Goldman Family Foundation, Jane and Daniel Och, Howard & Geraldine Polinger Foundation and CANVAS.