Take Two Egg Rolls and Call Me in the Morning
In many Jewish families it is a tradition to eat at a Chinese restaurant on Christmas. So it is no wonder that Lisa Geduldig came up with the brilliant idea of having a Jewish comedy show in a Chinese restaurant at Christmas time.
Her idea was so successful that this year Kung Pao Kosher Comedy is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary. And what a great event it is.
The evening starts with a typical family style seven-course Chinese banquet including, one “kosher shrimp” dish because Geduldig says she loves shrimp. She also reminds us, the comedy is Kosher, the food it not. And like most Chinese meals, there is more than enough food for the tables of ten and take-out containers for the left-overs.
OK, enough about the food. What about the comedy show? Well there is lots of that too and all of it is pretty funny.
Geduldig, herself, opens the show and does little bits of comedy sprinkled between the three stand-up Jewish comics that follow. Some of the humor is related to being Jewish but, as an old ad used to state, “You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy Levi’s rye bread.” And you certainly don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy these comedians. I mean, after all, we all have mothers, many of us have kids, and nearly all of us are dealing with the subjects that the comedians had us laughing about…such as politics, healthcare insurance, and condoms.
Both Mike Capozola (yes he is Jewish in spite of his name) and Scott Blakeman (a nice Jewish boy from Brooklyn) have their funny moments, and there are many of them. But the real star of the evening is headliner, Judy Gold. I can’t give away any of her punch lines but her personal stories about her knee replacement surgery, her two teenage kids, and especially the stories about her mother’s antics will have you roaring with laughter and cheering wildly.
If perhaps you need some cheering up this holiday season, or, if you are tired of hearing the same old Christmas carols, maybe it is time to do something new this year. Why not take yourself to the Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show for a belly-full of Chinese food and lots of belly laughs? But hurry, several diner shows are already sold out.
The show schedule is as follows:
Dec 24: 6pm Dinner show / 9:30pm Cocktail Show
Dec 23 & 25 (Early Bird): 5pm Dinner Show / 8:30pm Cocktail Show
New Asia Restaurant, 772 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
More information and ticket sales at: http://www.koshercomedy.com