The 24th Annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant
December 23, Saturday, December 24, and Sunday, December 25, 2016
•5:00pm Dinner Show:
7-course Chinese banquet
•8:30 pm Cocktail Show:
Vegetarian dim sum
New Asia Restaurant
772 Pacific Ave. (between
Grant & Stockton)
San Francisco, CA 94133
HEADLINER: ELAYNE BOOSLER.
The comedian/writer/animal activist is best known for her thoughtful and feisty socially conscious humor, and her love of baseball and animals, all sharing a big part of her act. For over 40 years, she has appeared on seemingly every talk show ever on TV, has written and starred in five one-hour Showtime stand up comedy specials, written and directed two movies for Cinemax, appeared on HBO’s Comic Relief for years, on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher over thirty times, and has hosted specials, series, and events both live and on television. She has done lots of baseball color commentary, and sung the National Anthem and/or thrown out a first pitch, many times for many teams.
*Eddie Sarfaty (The Today Show; The Joy Behar Show; Comedy Central’s Premium Blend; Logo’s Wisecrack; Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival; Funny Gay Males)
*Alex Edelman (Best Newcomer, Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his one-man show “Millennial;” Writer, CBS’ The Great Indoors)
*Lisa Geduldig (Kung Pao creator, producer, and MC)
Partial Proceeds Benefit:
*Shalom Bayit: Ending Domestic Violence in Jewish Homes
*Jewish Family & Children’s Services’ “Seniors at Home”
Dinner Show: $69 /
Cocktail Show: $49
925-743-1282 (Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm)
“Feeding the soul as well as the stomach” – New York Times
“A San Francisco institution” – San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco’s annual Jewish Christmas tradition, Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ turns 24 this December. The legendary Jewish-comedy-on-Christmas-in-a-Chinese restaurant extravaganza has been featuring household name Jewish comedians (including Henny Youngman, Shelley Berman, and David Brenner), Chinese food, and Yiddish proverbs in its fortune cookies (“With one tuchus, you can’t dance at 2 weddings”) for over two decades. Kung Pao is San Francisco's longest-running comedy show and caters to over 2000 people annually, some of whom have attended for all 20+ years.
Kung Pao was launched on December 24, 1993 at The Four Seas Restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown with one show that sold out and turned away hundreds of people. The show grew exponentially each year and found its permanent home, New Asia Restaurant, in Chinatown in 1997, the year that Henny Youngman, The King of One-Liners, headlined, performing at what ended up being his last show; the 91 year old comedian died two months later in February 1998. In 2002 we created the bi-monthly Comedy Clinic at The Jewish Home. The class continues to this day and is one of our proudest accomplishments.
Kung Pao Kosher Comedy is the Bar/Bat Mitzvah you never had, and you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy it. The show has been written up in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, covered by NPR… A chapter in the 2012 book, “A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to be Jewish” focuses entirely on the Kung Pao Kosher Comedy.
The show’s audience was originally 99% Jewish but expanded to include a wide audience: Chinese-Jewish couples, interfaith ones, singles, families, gay, straight, those far from home or traveling abroad, locals seeking an alternative to Christmas.
Seating at Kung Pao is at tables of 10, Chinese banquet-style, with table names including: Barbra Streisand, Borscht Belt, Chopped Liver, Joan Rivers, Kvetch, Lenny Bruce, Mah Jongg, Marx Brothers, Meshugganah, and Totie Fields. The Dinner Show features a 7-course dinner, with one “kosher” shrimp dish blessed by a very reform rabbi. Vegetarian dim sum is the fare at the Cocktail Show.
Kung Pao serves fortune cookies with Yiddish proverbs in them; attendees enjoy one of a variety of ten different fortunes each year including the mainstay “With one tuchus, you can’t dance at two weddings” (You can’t be in 2 places at once), and “A goat may have a beard, but that doesn’t make it a rabbi.” Custom-made fortune cookies are ordered each year from Chinatown’s Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, which usually specializes in X-rated fortunes. So far, the fortunes have not accidentally gotten switched. San Francisco is reportedly the birthplace of fortune cookies.