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29th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™

29th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™
If you missed the show but would like to watch, email lisag@igc.org

Ticket Information
 
Digital Event Online Only

Closed captions will be available on YouTube Live

Regular Price: $25 - $50 (whatever you want to pay!)


Streamed live via Zoom or YouTube Live
Streaming link will be emailed 48-hours before each performance.

Can’t watch the show live?
You can buy a YouTube Live ticket and watch the show at a later date.

How to Watch Kung Pao Kosher Comedy on Zoom and YouTube Live:
www.koshercomedy.com/zoom-youtube-1

Please make sure you have the most updated version of Zoom:
https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362233-Upgrade-update-to-the-latest-version

Please note that this is a livestreaming performance. The event time listed is Pacific Standard Time. Please be sure to find your adjusted time for your time zone if not PST.



Zoom Breakout Rooms
Zoom attendees: Are you interested in reserving a breakout room for one hour prior to the show for your family and friends to chat and chew? (Please note: Only people who have purchased Zoom tickets, not YouTube Live tickets, can participate in a Zoom room.) If so email breakoutroom@koshercomedy.com (Please note: you need a minimum of 4 people for a breakout room, and there’s no maximum number. The deadline to reserve a Breakout Room is Wednesday, December 24 at 9am PST / 8pm EST.)
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a (this year, virtual) Chinese Restaurant - is an annual tradition in San Francisco. Due to the pandemic, the show, which has been operating every December since its inception in 1993 in San Francisco's Chinatown, took place on Zoom and YouTube Live last year and reached audiences throughout the country and some internationally. Kung Pao will take place virtually again this year, but next year in 2022 for our 30th Anniversary, we plan on being live in-person, while keeping the online component.

Now in its 29th year, Kung Pao, which answers the age-old question, "What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?" is a take off on the tradition of Jews going to a Chinese restaurant and a movie on Christmas. The brainchild of San Francisco-based Jewish comedian, Lisa Geduldig, is one of San Francisco's longest running comedy shows, has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune... and was the country's first Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant show. The show has been consistently catering to over 2000 people each December (including last year in Cyberspace), with some people having attended every year. This legendary event has boasted a Who's Who of household name Jewish comedians including Henny Youngman, Shelley Berman, David Brenner, and Elayne Boosler. Since the second year of the show, Kung Pao has been featuring Yiddish proverbs in its fortune cookies including "With one tuchus, you can’t dance at 2 weddings" - the custom-made fortune cookies come from the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco's Chinatown and will again next year when the show returns live.

Audiences "attending" Kung Pao will, as they were last year, be encouraged to order Chinese take out from their local Chinese restaurants or cook recipes of Chinese dishes (i.e our signature dish Kung Pao Chicken) provided by Kung Pao.
Attention San Francisco attendees:
We have partnered with Lazy Susan Chinese!
You can order a customized set menu (delivery or pick up) and an optional bag of a dozen Yiddish proverb fortune cookies.
Only available on Dec 25 & Dec 26 (as they’re giving their chefs the day off on Dec 24).
Click here for details and to order (deadline Dec 22): https://www.lazysusanchinese.com/kung-pao

Attendees watching the show on Zoom will again be able to gather with friends and family in Breakout Rooms one hour before the show. The rooms will mirror the tables traditionally reserved by participants at the in-person event with table names that include Bubbelah, Kvetch, Meshugganah, Barbra Streisand, and Joan Rivers. Breakout Room participants last year kvelled about the ability to - during lockdown - nosh and schmooze virtually with others before the show.

This annual Jewish Christmas tradition spans three days, December 24-26, and will feature Jewish comedians Ophira Eisenberg, Jessica Kirson, Arline Geduldig (Lisa’s 90 year old mother), and Lisa Geduldig. (See bios below.)

The New Asia Restaurant, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy's home in San Francisco’s Chinatown since 1997 (the fifth year of the show) and one of the last 2 Chinese banquet restaurants in San Francisco's Chinatown, is currently operating as a supermarket due to the pandemic while waiting to be able to re-open as a restaurant.

Last July 2020, a few months into the pandemic, Kung Pao creator, producer, and MC, Lisa Geduldig, introduced her audiences to online comedy shows with the monthly Lockdown Comedy every third Thursday of the month on Zoom (which is still running), hosted from her mother's retirement community in Florida where Lisa accidentally found herself for 17 months after going to visit for two weeks last March, just before the pandemic hit. Lisa's 90-year old budding comedian mother, Arline, has been a special guest each month, performing stand up on the show. The duo has received accolades and press: The LA Times ran How A California Comic Launched A Virtual Stand-Up Show and Discovered A New Star: Mom; the San Francisco Examiner did the article, Kung Pao Kosher Creator Introduces "Lockdown Comedy": Lisa Geduldig and Her Mom Stream Standup, with Guests, from Florida, and in September, the San Francisco Chronicle did a feature S.F.’s Lisa Geduldig Happily Sharing Comedy Spotlight with A Fresh Talent, Her 90-Year-Old Mother.

The idea for Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, came about in October 1993, when Geduldig was booked to perform at The Peking Garden Club in South Hadley, Massachusetts at what she imagined would be a comedy club, but upon her arrival she discovered it was a Chinese restaurant. A phone conversation the following day with an old friend (Tobi Sovak) from Jewish summer camp (Camp Hemshekh) about the irony of telling Jewish jokes at a Chinese restaurant led to the idea of Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant, and a brainstorming session of Jewish, comedy, and Chinese food-related words led to the name, "Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™." The creation of Kung Pao is a twist on the unwritten law that Jews must go to a Chinese restaurant and a movie on Christmas. Study: "Safe Treyf: New York Jews and Chinese Food" (Treyf means unkosher in Yiddish.) Geduldig appeared in a Canadian documentary, Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas, which aired on Canadian and European TV in December 2017.


Comedians’ Bios:

Ophira EisenbergOphira Eisenberg is a stand up comedian, and writer. She was the host of NPR's Ask Me Another for 9 years where she interviewed and played silly games with Sir Patrick Stewart, Rosie Perez, Awkwafina, Roxanne Gay, Bob The Drag Queen, Jessica Walter, Bowen Yang, Debra Messing, Nick Kroll, Chelsea Handler and more. She's a regular panelist on Hulu's Up Early Tonight and has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week At The Comedy Cellar, The New Yorker Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, HBO's Girls, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show, and The Today Show. Her stories have also been included in two of The Moth's best-selling collections, including the most recent: Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. Ophira's own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a television series. Her comedy special Inside Joke is available on Amazon, and her new album Plant-Based Jokes will be available soon. OphiraEisenberg.com

Jessica KirsonJessica Kirson is a powerhouse on stage. She’s a hilariously relatable performer of sheer silliness, vulnerability, and ridiculous characters. Her countless comedic character videos have racked up over 30 million views on social media. Her audience is multigenerational, creating an excuse for large groups of friends and families to spend a night out together. In an era where only 10% of all touring comedians are female, Jessica stands out as one of the strongest comedians regardless of gender. As her friend Dave Attell says, “I’d hate to follow her.” Jessica executive produced FX’s Hysterical, a feature-length documentary that premiered at SXSW 2021. The film explores the changing landscape of women in stand up comedy and features Margaret Cho, Nikki Glazer, Chelsea Handler, Fortune Feimster, and other notable comedians. Her one-hour special, “Talking to Myself”, was executive produced by Bill Burr and debuted on Comedy Central. She is a regular on This Week at the Comedy Cellar and has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy FallonThe Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe View, and Kevin Can Wait. Last year, Jessica was featured playing herself on the HBO series Crashing. She also recently acted in and served as a consultant, producer, and writer on the Robert De Niro film The Comedian.

Jessica’s highly anticipated prank call album, The Call Girls, also featuring Rachel Feinstein, was released on September 24th. Recorded virtually during the depths of quarantine, the album features characters such as old Jewish grandmothers, sexy co-eds, a conservative mother and her gay son, and more. Jessica’s characters are coming to life in her new podcast, Disgusting Hawk. Through her Relatively Sane podcast, Jessica has interviewed the likes of Bill Burr, Jim Gaffigan, Margaret Cho and Rosie O’Donnell as well as many other notable comedians. She was recently awarded “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association in New York City and received the prestigious Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian.” In her spare time, Jessica is a regular contributor to The Howard Stern Show, where she produces and stars in prank calls for the program. www.JessicaKirson.com

Arline GeduldigArline Geduldig, mother of comedian and Kung Pao Kosher Comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig, is a Florida-based budding stand up comedian who took to the (virtual) stage for the first time* in July 2020 on her daughter’s monthly Zoom comedy show, Lockdown Comedy; she has been performing and charming audiences on the monthly show ever since. Arline grew up in Brooklyn, raised her kids on Long Island, and retired to Florida, as is Jewish law. She offers her keen observations on aging, hearing aids, and hot young firemen and reminisces about her first kiss. Arline, who is 90 years young, has always been funny, and it was time for her to share her natural humor with her daughter’s audiences.

*She hadn’t been onstage since she was a teenager when she performed in a play while working as Rabbi Albert G. Silverman’s secretary at Temple Israel of Jamaica (Queens).

Lisa GeduldigLisa Geduldig is a San Francisco-based comedian and the creator, producer, and MC of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ — Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant, which celebrates its 29th year this December (albeit in Cyberspace). But next year (December 2022), the 30th Anniversary shows WILL be in person. Before the pandemic, Lisa had been running Comedy Returns to El Rio, a monthly decade-long comedy show at El Rio in San Francisco where her comedy career began 30 years ago. Since July 2020, she has been producing Lockdown Comedy every 3rd Thursday of the month on Zoom from her mother’s retirement community home in Florida, where she accidentally got stuck for 17 months (and became a fan of the Early Bird special). Lisa is also a freelance arts publicist in both English and Spanish. SFPublicist.com

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