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30th Anniversary of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™: Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a (pop-up) Chinese Restaurant

30th Anniversary of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™:  Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a (pop-up) Chinese Restaurant
In-Person:
5pm Dinner (6pm Show)
Limited seating. Early sell-out of in-person tickets expected!


Price: $90 - $100 (whatever you want to pay)
The $100 (Maven) level includes your name on the screen as a Supporter.

Reserved Table Seating
When you purchase tickets, you will be able to choose your table seating.

In-person tickets will include Kung Pao "swag" (personalized Kung Pao 30th Anniversary wooden chopsticks, a packet of Yiddish-proverb fortune cookies, and other goodies) which you will receive at the show.

Congregation Sherith Israel
"The Kung Pao Room"

2266 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94115



YouTube Live Livestream:
6pm PST / 7pm MST / 8pm CST / 9pm EST

Price: $30 - $75 (whatever you want to pay)
This show is closed captioned enabled.



Run Time: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes
Wednesday Dec. 14 at 5pm is the DEADLINE to buy IN-PERSON tickets (as we need to give numbers to the caterer). Livestream tickets will remain available through show days!

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
™ was created in 1993 by accident by San Francisco comedian, Lisa Geduldig, who went to perform in South Hadley, Massachusetts at what she thought would be a comedy club. But upon her arrival, she discovered that Peking Garden Club was a Chinese Restaurant! After telling Jewish jokes at a Chinese restaurant, a conversation the next day between Lisa and an old summer camp friend led to the creation of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, which is a take off on the tradition of Jews going to a Chinese Restaurant and a movie on Christmas. And the rest is history. Kung Pao, which set out to answer the age-old question, “What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?” is now one of San Francisco’s longest running comedy shows.

Many of the great household name Jewish comedians have graced the Kung Pao stage. Henny Youngman performed his last show there in 1997 at 91 years old. Shelley Berman has headlined, as has David Brenner, as have many others in the Who’s Who of Jewish comedians including Elayne Boosler, Carol Leifer, Wendy Liebman, Cathy Ladman, Judy Gold, Jeff Ross, Gary Gulman…and the list goes on. www.koshercomedy.com/past-comedians

Kung Pao, which is now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, will take place in-person AND online this year (after only being online for the past two years because of the pandemic). New Asia Restaurant, where Kung Pao has been held since its 5th year (1997) closed during the pandemic. This year’s shows will take place in "The Kung Pao Room" at Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, with Chinese food catering provided by Green Chow Down.
Comedians’ Bios:

Mark Schiff MARK SCHIFF is a stand up comedian who has headlined at comedy clubs nationwide, including all the major casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, and has toured worldwide with Jerry Seinfeld for fifteen years.

Mark has specials on HBO and Showtime, has appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and "Late Night with David Letterman," is featured in Seinfeld’s Netflix special "Jerry Before Seinfeld" and "Live from the Laugh Factory with Dom Irrera," has been a writer and actor on "Mad About You," and has been the featured act at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.

He co-edited "I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics" with Ritch Shydner, is the playwright of "Married People," co-written with Steve Shaffer, which played to sold-out audiences in Los Angeles in 2019, and "The Comic," which ran in Los Angeles for ten months as well as at the Aspen Comedy Festival, a regular contributor to LA’s Jewish Journal, and the host of the podcast "You Don’t Know Schiff."

Mark lives in Los Angeles with his first wife, his fifth dog, and photos of his three sons who have all moved out and have good jobs, yet still manage to call and ask for money. His new book "Why Not? Lessons on Comedy, Courage, and Chutzpah" is available now on Amazon. www.MarkSchiff.com

 

Cathy LadmanCATHY LADMAN is one of the country's top comedians. Her show is a self-probing vehicle which draws laughter from exposing personal neuroses. Cathy has not only appeared on "The Tonight Show" nine times but was also the only female comic to appear on the last two of Johnny Carson’s "Tonight Show Anniversary" shows. She has made four appearances thus far on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," did her own HBO "One Night Stand" comedy special, and was awarded the American Comedy Award for Best Female Stand Up Comic.

A native New Yorker, now living in Los Angeles, Cathy is an acclaimed TV and film actor. Her film credits include "Charlie Wilson’s War," "The Aristocrats," and "White Oleander." Her TV appearances include "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Modern Family," and "Mad Men." She also appeared regularly on "Politically Incorrect" and Comedy Central's "Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist."

Besides writing her stand up act and original scripted projects, Cathy was on the writing staffs of "The Caroline Rhea Show" (2002), "Caroline in the City" (different Caroline altogether – 1997), and "Roseanne" (1996). She also wrote an episode of "King of Queens" and other sitcoms.

Cathy's comedy focuses on family, growing up, relationships, and real life from a very personal perspective. The Los Angeles Times put it best: "... Ladman has such clever, well-written material and such a breezy, unassuming delivery that it would be easy to overlook just how good she is: Her act seems effortless." www.cathyladman.com

 

Orion LevineORION LEVINE is a stand up comedian and actor from the Bay Area, currently based in Los Angeles in a room with unfortunate carpeting. Orion was named a New Face at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2022 and a finalist at the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2021. Now he performs all over the country. He created and stars in the popular comedy web series titled Scorp Oner, an ongoing graffiti mockumentary based on his own experiences as an aspiring graffiti writer. www.orionlevine.com

 

Arline Geduldig ARLINE GEDULDIG (will be joining by video message from Florida), 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 91 years young, has always been funny, and it was time for her to share her natural humor with her daughter’s audiences.

 

Lisa Geduldig LISA 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 30th Anniversary this December (in-person AND virtually, after two years only in Cyberspace). 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 the underwear drawer in the guest room of her mother’s retirement community home in Florida, where she accidentally got stuck (in Florida, not in the underwear drawer) for 17 months (and became a fan of the Early Bird special) and has been commuting back and forth ever since.

Lisa was instrumental in helping thousands of people in Florida and visitors from Latin America get vaccinated against Covid-19 through two South Florida Covid vaccine Facebook pages that she helps moderate. Being bilingual (Spanish/English), she helped countless travelers in their native tongue through the Spanish language Facebook page she co-founded. J: The Jewish News of Northern California wrote an article about her vaccine work. SF Comedian’s Side Hustle: Helping People Get Vaccines in Florida. Lisa is also a freelance arts publicist in both English and Spanish. SFPublicist.com

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