JRelease: The 28th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy

November 24, 2020 9:00 AM | Laura Herring (Administrator)

The 28th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
On Zoom and YouTube Live!



Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant
(this year, a virtual one)

FEATURING JUDY GOLD, ALEX EDELMAN, & LISA GEDULDIG

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 24 & FRIDAY, DECEMBER 25
at 5pm PST (6pm MST/7pm CST/8pm EST)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2020
at 2pm PST (3pm MST/4pm CST/4pm EST)

Info: www.KosherComedy.com

Tickets: $25 - $50 (Pay what you want) • www.CityBoxOffice.com/KungPao

Partial Proceeds Benefit:

• Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance”
• The Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust

PLANET EARTH… Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ — Jewish comedy on Christmas in a (this year, virtual) Chinese Restaurant — is an annual tradition in San Francisco, California.

Kung Pao, which has been featured in the NY Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune... 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, Kung Pao solves the age-old question, “What are Jews supposed to do on Christmas?” Created in 1993, Kung Pao was the country’s first Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese restaurant show. The event caters to over 2000 people each December, with some people having attended every year. Kung Pao features Yiddish proverbs in its fortune cookies including “With one tuchus, you can’t dance at 2 weddings” which will be available this year through the event web site. Kung Pao has been ordering custom fortune cookies from the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory in San Francisco’s Chinatown since 1994 and continues to support this local business during the pandemic. For the first time in 58 years, the fortune cookie factory had to stop production in March but has since started up again albeit slowly.

Due to the pandemic, the 28th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ will take place virtually this year, on Zoom and YouTube Live (rather than in a Chinese restaurant). Audiences worldwide will be able to “attend” and will 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. Attendees watching the show on Zoom will 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.

Feeding the soul as well as the stomach. – New York Times

A San Francisco institution. – San Francisco Examiner

This legendary event has boasted a Who’s Who of household name Jewish comedians including Henny Youngman, Shelley Berman, David Brenner, and Elayne Boosler.

This annual Jewish Christmas tradition spans three days, December 24-26, and will feature Jewish comedians Judy Gold, Alex Edelman, 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.

This July, 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, hosted from her mother’s retirement community in Florida where Lisa has accidentally found herself on lockdown since going to visit for two weeks in March. Lisa’s 89-year old budding comedian mother, Arline, has been a special guest each month, performing stand up on the show. In August, the San Francisco Examiner did an article on the duo. Kung Pao Kosher Creator Introduces “Lockdown Comedy”: Lisa Geduldig and Her Mom Stream Standup, with Guests, from Florida.

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.

This year features Judy GoldAlex Edelman, and
Kung Pao creator, Lisa Geduldig.


COMEDIANS’ BIOS:


Judy Gold, Alex Edelman, and Lisa Geduldig

JUDY GOLD has had stand up specials on HBO, Comedy Central and LOGO. She has written and starred in two critically acclaimed, Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life as a Sitcom (Outer Critics Circle Nomination), and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother (GLAAD Media Award – Outstanding NY Theater, Drama Desk Nomination – Actor). Judy received rave reviews as Gremio in The Public Theater’s all female production of The Taming of The Shrew for Shakespeare in the Park. She also co-starred in Off-Broadway’s Clinton! The Musical, and Disaster! The Musical. Judy plays the role of Chaya on FX’s Better Things. She guest starred on CBS’ Madame Secretary and on the Showtime series I’m Dying Up Here. She has had recurring roles on Netflix’s Friends from College and TBS’ Search Party.

Judy is the host of the hit podcast, Kill Me Now. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show. From 1999-2010, Judy was the host of HBO’s At the Multiplex with Judy Gold. Judy also won two Emmy awards for writing and producing The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Judy has made numerous appearances on The View, The Today Show, The Wendy Williams Show, and The Steve Harvey Show. She often pops up on The Food Network, but please do not mention Chopped All Stars to her, or Rachel vs. Guy for that matter. Judy’s newest comedy album, Conduct Unbecoming, and her previous albums, Kill Me Now and Judith’s Roommate Had a Baby are available wherever you get your music. Judy Gold is the author of YES I CAN SAY THAT – When They Come for the Comedians We’re All in Trouble, released this July from Dey Street Books. JudyGold.com

ALEX EDELMAN has made numerous TV appearances in the US, Australia, and the UK and has been featured at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal as a New Face, has appeared on Conan multiple times, and is a staple on those “Comedians You Should Know” type lists. He tours both nationally and internationally and is one of the founders of Jerusalem’s Off the Wall Comedy Club. Alex has opened for comedians Ricky Gervais, Jack Whitehall, Patton Oswalt, Gary Gulman, and a handful of musicians including Beck and San Fermin. In 2015, he travelled to Berlin and Moscow with Eddie Izzard to perform two shows to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.

Alex’s first show, Millennial – about very traumatic stock photos and young people – won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer, the first show by an American to do so since 1997. The follow-up, Everything Handed To You – about identity and the availability of outlets in airports – was even more acclaimed: selling out its entire Edinburgh run and garnering the second best reviews of any comedy show at the Festival. His third show, Just for Us – which centers on a meeting of neo-Nazis that Alex attended in New York – has cemented his reputation as a writer-performer of impressive ambition and technical skill. In its premiere run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, it was nominated for a Barry Award for Best Show. In Edinburgh, it earned a Herald Angel Award, a nomination for Best Show, and superlative praise that made it the best-reviewed comedy show at the Festival in a decade.

Alex was the Head Writer and Executive Producer of Saturday Night Seder, a star studded 70-minute special, posted on YouTube, that raised $3.5 million for the CDC Foundation (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund. More than 1 million people watched the initial livestream, which was hosted by Jason Alexander with participants that included Rachel Brosnahan, Idina Menzel, Debra Messing, and Bette Midler. Alex writes regularly for The Atlantic and The Believer, has written and produced documentaries for the US State Department and ESPN’s 30 FOR 30 series, and spent more than a decade working as a speechwriter for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Boston Red Sox. He likes ramen and David Foster Wallace. AlexEdelmanComedy.com

LISA GEDULDIG is the creator, producer, and MC of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy. Before the pandemic, Lisa had been running a monthly decade-long comedy show at El Rio in San Francisco where her comedy career began 30 years ago. Lisa also does freelance arts PR in both English and Spanish…again when there is not a pandemic. In July, she began producing the monthly online comedy show, Lockdown Comedy, every third Thursday of the month out of her mother’s house in a retirement community in Florida, with her mom appearing as a monthly guest.

BENEFICIARIES:

Over the past 27 years, Kung Pao has raised tens of thousands of dollars and awareness for numerous organizations. www.koshercomedy.com/beneficiaries In keeping with the Jewish tradition of tzedakah (charity, in Hebrew - tied in with a sense of duty and social responsibility), each year Kung Pao donates partial proceeds to organizations and causes in which we believe.

THIS YEAR’S BENEFICIARIES:

The Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust (based in San Francisco, California) preserves the history of the Holocaust for future generations by bringing survivors together with today’s students. The Center integrates the use of oral testimony in educational settings to create programs and events that promote social justice and moral courage. Working in partnership with educators and students, the Farkas Center connects Holocaust history with how we act locally and globally so that the slogan, “Never Again!” can become a reality for all people.

Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance” provides free resources to educators—teachers, administrators, counselors, and other practitioners—who work with children from kindergarten through high school. These resources include classroom lessons, webinars, grants, podcasts, policy guides and much more. Educators use our materials to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create civil and inclusive school communities where children are respected, valued and welcome participants. The program emphasizes anti-bias and social justice. The anti-bias approach encourages children and young people to challenge prejudice and learn how to be agents of change in their own lives. Our Social Justice Standards show how anti-bias education works through the four domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action. Teaching Tolerance was founded in 1991 to prevent the growth of hate. We began by publishing Teaching Tolerance magazine and producing films chronicling the modern civil rights movement. Today, our community includes more than 500,000 educators who read our magazine, screen our films, visit our website, participate in our professional development workshops and webinars, use our curriculum or engage in our social media community.

Some random Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Facts:

• Henny Youngman, The King of One-Liners, headlined in 1997, performing at what ended up being his last show; the 91-year-old comedian died two months later in February 1998.

• A chapter in the book, A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to be Jewish focuses on Kung Pao.

• One couple, after 25 years, got married at the show by a rabbi they met at their table.

• One year someone brought a rooster named Vern as an emotional support animal. Really. https://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/LEAH-GARCHIK-3299717.php

Calendar Listing:

WHAT:

The 28th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™
Jewish Comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (this year, a virtual one)

Featuring Judy Gold, Alex Edelman, and Lisa Geduldig

WHEN:

• Thurs, Dec 24 & Fri, Dec 25 @ 5pm PST (6pm MST / 7pm CST / 8pm EST)
• Sat, Dec 26 @ 2pm PST (3pm MST/4pm CST/4pm EST)

WHERE:

Your Couch (Zoom and YouTube Live)

TICKETS:

$25 - $50 (Pay what you want) • www.CityBoxOffice.com/KungPao

INFO:

www.koshercomedy.com • (415) 205-6515

PARTIAL PROCEEDS BENEFIT:

•Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Teaching Tolerance”
•The Helen and Joe Farkas Center for the Study of the Holocaust

PROMO CLIP:

https://tinyurl.com/KungPao2020Promo

 (415) 205-6515 • lisag@igc.org • www.koshercomedy.com


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