When Temple Beth Tikvah hosts a night of comedy Saturday, Jan. 20, to benefit its annual campaign, it won’t be the first such event, but it will be homegrown talent Evan Berke’s first time as MC.

Berke, who lives in New York, opened in 2013 at a Beth Tikvah fundraiser featuring local comedian Jerry Farber. Now he’s back, and he’s bringing some friends.

“The comedy show fundraiser is something they’ve done before, and they are always doing great events to engage the congregation,” Berke said. “It’s pretty special to be able to come back and have the congregation trust my judgment to curate the content for the entire show. I’ve asked some of my hilarious friends to join me for the evening, and I’m very much looking forward to all the laughs.”

On the card are local comedian Mario Troy, who has been featured on Comedy Central, and Nashville-based comedians Hannah Hogan and Dusty Slay. Hogan recently recorded her debut comedy album, and Slay was on “Last Comic Standing” and performed on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Jan. 2. (Watch the his performance above).

Evan Berke, grew up in East Cobb where his family are still members of Temple Beth Tikvah.

Beth Tikvah’s Comedy Night 2018 starts with Havdalah, wine and cheese at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8. Tickets for the 21-and-older event include beer and wine.

“I have to thank Ron Swichkow at TBT,” Berke said. “I love performing comedy, and Ron is always looking for fun things to do with the congregation. I’m very lucky that he thought of me. He’s given me the opportunity to not only give back to a community that I care about, but also to do what I love. Getting laughs at your jokes is one thing, but being able to do it in a setting like this takes it to a whole different level.”