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31st Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant

31st Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy: Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant
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Dinner Show (in-person):
Sat Dec 23, Sun Dec 24, and Mon Dec 25
5:00-6:00pm Dinner / 6:00-7:30pm Show
- Mamelah

$100 - Maven (Includes name on screen as a Supporter)

Cocktail Show (in-person):
Sat Dec 23, Sun Dec 24, and Mon Dec 25
8:30-10:00pm Show
- Tatelah

$75 - Shayna Punim (Includes name on screen as a Supporter)

Livestream for either show: $30-$75
($75 includes name on screen as a Supporter)

Imperial Palace Restaurant
818 Washington St (between Grant & Stockton)
San Francisco, CA 94108
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 actually 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 Kosher Comedy™, which set out to answer the age-old question, “What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?” is now celebrating its 31st year and is one of San Francisco’s longest running comedy shows.

Many of the great household name Jewish comedians have graced the Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ 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, Cathy Ladman, Jeff Ross, Gary Gulman… and the list goes on.

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ returns to San Francisco’s Chinatown this year to its new home, the Imperial Palace Restaurant. (New Asia Restaurant, where Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ had been held since 1997, its 5th year, closed during the pandemic and converted into a supermarket.) Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ returns to its pre-pandemic format this year of 2 shows a day. All 6 shows will take place in-person AND virtually (on YouTube Live) again this year, thus catering to the national and international online audiences developed since 2020 as well as to those who prefer to watch from home.

“Feeding the soul as well as the stomach.” - NY Times

“A San Francisco institution.” - SF Examiner

31st Annual Kung Pao Kosher ComedyWendy Liebman took a class called "How to be a Stand-up Comedian" at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education in 1985.  Since then she has performed on Carson, Letterman, Leno, Fallon, Kimmel, Ferguson, and Hollywood Squares, and in clubs across America. Wendy has done specials for HBO, Comedy Central and Showtime, and was a Semi-Finalist on NBC’s America's Got Talent, Season 9.  She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two rescued Jindo dogs, produces “Locally Grown Comedy” at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank — a monthly show featuring her favorite stand- ups, and plays Jonathan Katz’s therapist on his podcast And We’re Back… Check out her DVD “Wendy Liebman: Taller on TV” on Amazon.

31st Annual Kung Pao Kosher ComedyRich Aronovitch, known for appearances on NBC’s The Tonight Show, The Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay, and HBO's Bomani Jones, is a regular at New York City's Comedy Cellar and Gotham Comedy Club. He gained social media fame for his dances, which led to features on NBC's Access Daily and a Tiesto music video, performing with Limp Bizkit at Madison Square Garden, and for the New York Islanders. Recently, he featured on TNT's March Madness Sweet Sixteen Pre-Game Promo and The Food Network’s Worst Cooks In America Season 25 Viral Sensations.

31st Annual Kung Pao Kosher ComedyTalia Reese Talia Reese ditched the exciting world of bankruptcy law to pursue a more stable path as a stand up comedian, which thrilled her parents to no end. Luckily, her career move has worked out. She has been featured on The Wendy Williams Show and Sirius XM and regularly performs at the hottest comedy clubs and events in the US and Canada, and recently performed in Israel. This Orthodox comedian’s jokes have appeared in major news publications and are mentioned frequently on Page Six. The Times of Israel says Talia’s “a rising comedy star who has a polish, panache, and a gift of jab reminiscent of her childhood hero, Joan Rivers.” Her parents were most proud when Talia’s comedy show was called a “Hot Ticket” by the NY Post.

31st Annual Kung Pao Kosher ComedyArline Geduldig (will be joining by video recording 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 92 years young, has always been funny, and it was time for her to share her natural humor with her daughter’s audiences.

31st Annual Kung Pao Kosher ComedyLisa 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 31st year this December (in-person AND virtually). 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 is also a freelance arts publicist in both English and Spanish.

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