I can’t count the number of times people have very seriously asked me, “Is it a religious thing that Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas?” The answer is “Um no, there’s just not much else for us to do.” Capitalizing on tradition of sorts is the annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show, now in its nineteenth year. This year’s Kung Pao will be held from December 23 to 25 at New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown.
The show was created in 1993 by comedian Lisa Geduldig and while the audience may have once been primarily Jewish, it has expanded to include comedy-and-Chinese-food-loving people from all backgrounds. There are six shows across three days, so that those celebrating Christmas still have a chance to come out. Each day has an early dinner show and a later cocktail show. The dinner show features a seven-course meal and the cocktail show offers vegetarian egg rolls. Both shows are all ages and seating is at tables of ten.
This year’s performers are Avi Liberman (Comedy Central; E!), Jeff Applebaum (The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson), headliner Elayne Boosler (Politically Incorrect; Comic Relief) and hostess Lisa Geduldig.
Friday, December 23 & Saturday, December 24:
•6:00 pm dinner show, $62
•9:30 pm cocktail show, $42
Sunday, December 25:
•5:00 pm dinner show, $62
•8:30 pm cocktail show, $42
Purchase tickets at kungpaokoshercomedy.com or by calling 925.275.9005.
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy
New Asia Restaurant, 722 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
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