Esther Goodhart

We regret to inform you of the death of stand-up comedienne and APAWLI Fellow Esther Goodhart, mother of Issac and Jacob Goodhart. She passed away on Monday, November 19, 2018. The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 21 at 9AM at Temple Emanu-El, 180 Piedmont Rd., Closter NJ 07624. Shiva will be held at the Goodhart residence located at 191 Hardenburgh Ave., Demarest NJ. Condolence cards may be sent to Issac and Jacob to this address.

Wednesday, Nov 21st from 2-5PM, 6-8:30PM with Minyan at 7:30PM
Thursday, Nov 22nd and Friday Nov 23rd from 1-3PM
Saturday, Nov 24th from 5:30-8PM
Sunday, Nov 25th and Monday Nov 26th from 2-5PM and 6-8:30PM with Minyan at 7:30PM

CAPAW extends our condolences to the Goodhart family.


She’s Korean. She’s Jewish. She’s a stand-up comedienne,  politician, wife, mother–slave. She’s that wacky Oriental Beauty. Born in the heart of Texas to traditional Korean parents…who knew she would end up being a Jewish Catskills’ comedian? Her father, the famous Korean Presbyterian Minister and mother, the Oriental Tammy Faye Baker, are hoping she’s adopted…it would explain a lot. Driven nuts by her family, Esther found that performing in comedy clubs was a lot cheaper than psychotherapy.

Esther made her debut at Caroline’s Comedy Club, and has since played all of the major clubs in America from New York City to California. She has opened for numerous well-known celebrities and won a number of comedy awards and contests around the nation. The Oriental Jewess has been the host for the PBS special, Asian America, multiple times and has been in numerous commercials, documentaries, made for T.V. movies and yes, she’s even a cartoon on the Food Network! She has also enjoyed success with her one-woman off-Broadway play, Out of the Wheelchair and Into the Fire, which she wrote. Esther’s greatest thrill is her membership in the famed Friars’ Club, working for people who don’t call her “mommy”.

In her spare time, Esther teaches Hebrew classes, works with the Demarest Town Council, takes golf lessons and buys shoes on sale at Bloomingdale’s.

Esther was known for her generosity to her friends and community, as she was always there for the less fortunate. She gifted formal outfits she often wore once to teens who could not afford prom dresses and gave her time and talent to countless benefits and fundraisers.

Yujin Maeng