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My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy

Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - Sunday, April 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm MST


Actor/Comedian Brad Zimmerman’s hilarious, inspiring story about the grit and passion to ‘make it’ as an artist and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dream.

Brad Zimmerman will bring his hit autobiographical New York comedy, My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy back to the Herberger Theater Center from March 12-April 12.

My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy is the story of Zimmerman’s struggle to fulfill his dream and ‘make it’ as a comedic actor in New York. One-part standup, one-part theatrical, and all parts uproarious My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy has garnered rave reviews wherever it has played.

Zimmerman’s hilarious and poignant story is universal in its message: The journey to follow one’s dream… and the parents who SUFFER through it! Performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.

“My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy is now in its sixth year of a national tour,” Zimmerman says. “We’ve been all over the country – in cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, LA, Minneapolis, and Toronto. It doesn’t matter where the show plays – audiences all seem to find my story authentic and real… and funny! There is new material and old material and the positive audience response allows and enables me to keep it as fresh as the day I wrote it.

“So many fan letters and marriage proposals over the years,” he continues with a grin. “It’s amazing that I’m still very much single. But my mom in Boca is as proud as she could be of me and the show, and of course every time I visit, I get another 15 minutes of material!”

Zimmerman’s mother has finally adapted to her ‘actor-waiter’ son’s career choice and financial situation: “If all goes well, I think Brad is going to buy a bookcase,” she boasts to her friends.

Brad Zimmerman has paid his dues. He spent 29 years “temporarily” waiting tables in New York, all the while chasing a career in acting and comedy. In My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy, he delves into the trials and tribulations of waiting on tables – particularly for someone not exactly invested in that career, and with little tolerance for persnickety diners. And he tells stories about his pursuit of his passion, along with tales about his childhood, his family, and his misbegotten love life with warmth, wit, self-deprecating humor and wicked charm, combining his years of training as an actor with his innate comedic talent.

Zimmerman’s perseverance and hard work eventually did pay off, and he went on to act – he had a small part in “The Sopranos” playing Johnny Sack’s lawyer – and to become the opening act for a number of well-known entertainers, including George Carlin, Brad Garrett, Dennis Miller, Julio Iglesias, and Joan Rivers who said “I’ve had three great opening acts in my lifetime: Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling, and Brad Zimmerman.”

Tickets are on sale now and are available online at or by phone at 1-855-448-7469. Or at the Herberger Center Box Office, 222 E. Monroe in Phoenix. For group rates (12 +) call 1-888-264-1788. Tickets for My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy range from $45 – $70.

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My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy
By Brad Zimmerman
March 12-April 12
Tickets: $45 – $70
Phone: 1-855-448-7469
On Line:
Group Rates (12 +): 1-888-264-1788
Thursday & Saturday at 8 pm
Thursday, Saturday, & Sunday at 3 pm
Sunday at 7 pm
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix


Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm MST
Sunday, April 12, 2020 @ 8:00 pm MST
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