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Ben Jarashow Live!

  • Friday, February 04, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Airport 110 McSwain Drive, West Columbia, SC, 29169
  • 98


  • $15 at the door for any non-conference attendee.

    If you are registered for the conference, your admission to this live show is already included in the price of registration.

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Join us IN-PERSON (not virtually streamed on Zoom) Friday, February 4, 2022 @ 7pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Columbia Airport to kick off our annual conference with this exciting, live performance from Deaf ASL storyteller -

Ben Jarashow!

This live comedy show and storytelling event is open to the public - anyone is welcome to join us!

Tickets may be purchased here, in advance, or at the door for $15 (cash, check or Venmo). If you are a conference attendee, the price for this show is already included in the registration fee. The performance will be conducted entirely in American Sign Language and will not be interpreted nor streamed virtually. ASL language policy. CEUs pending approval.

Event description:

This show offers a range of stories, from embarrassing, comedic real-life experiences to stand-up comedy. Prepare for a visual journey filled with humor, vivid imagery, and laughter.

Participants will be able to: 

  1. Develop an understanding of narratives of personal experiences in deaf community.

  2. Understand the cultural context in which works of literature are produced and received.

  3. Explore the Deaf community's own unique brand of humor

Presenter bio:

Ben Jarashow was born deaf in California and grew up at the California School for the Deaf, Fremont. It was there that his passion for ASL storytelling was cultivated, but his love for Deaf Studies wasn’t realized until he enrolled in college. After that light bulb moment, he went on to graduate from Gallaudet University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies. Then Ben obtained his Master’s degree in Deaf Studies: Cultural Studies in 2006, also from Gallaudet University. His Master’s thesis focused on developing criteria for a better quality of ABC storytelling. 

Ben taught Deaf Studies at the Utah Valley University for ten wonderful years, where he helped develop and strengthen the curriculum for their Deaf Studies program. However, the sunshine and beaches beckoned; he got a new job teaching ASL and Deaf Studies at the University of South Florida and relocated with his family to the Tampa Bay Area in Florida. In addition to teaching, he has also traveled all over the country giving ASL performances and workshops covering a wide range of topics in the ASL and Deaf Studies field. Ben is best known for his stories about his encounters with jellyfish.

As much as Ben loves storytelling and Deaf Studies, his greatest loves are his family. Some of his favorite things to do is spend time with his wife, Kat and their three children – Boone, Cypress, and Wilder. They’ve been giving him plenty of new comedic material for his storytelling, none involving jellyfish, much to Ben’s relief. 

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