So, nu, you were wondering…?
Q: How did Kung Pao Kosher Comedy come about?
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 was going to be a comedy club. Peking Garden Club turned out to be a Chinese Restaurant. After telling Jewish jokes at a Chinese restaurant, a conversation between Lisa and her old summer camp friend, Tobi Sovak, led to the creation of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, now San Francisco’s longest-running comedy show! Now in its 23rd year!
Q: Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas?
A: Why not? (Here’s an actual study addressing the age-old
question: “Safe Treyf: New York Jews and Chinese Food.” PDF )
Q: Is it true that Lisa Geduldig killed Henny Youngman?
A: Although she has been accused of doing so for over 15 years now, it didn’t exactly
happen that way. The Kung Pao 1997 shows were indeed Henny’s last shows ever. He got a cold toward the end of the run, came down with pneumonia, and died two months later. Lisa was exonerated by his family, who said that he went the way he would have liked to have, performing up until the end.
Q: Are teenagers allowed to attend the show?
A: Yes, absolutely.
Q: Can I bring my 5 year old?
A: The show is not recommended for kids under 13. But if you feel that it would be appropriate for your 6 or 10 year old, then it’s your call. It’s a comedy show geared toward adults. Last year, one of the comedians was 14.
Q: How about screaming babies?
A: Sorry, no babies, screaming or well-behaved. A baby’s cry can throw off the performers. And has. No roosters either. Someone brought one a six years ago. Seriously. Read about it here, in Leah’s Garchik’s SF Chronicle column.
Q: Can I sit at at the front table?
A: Sorry, but all 370 of you cannot. Only the first 10 people to order
tickets will be able to.
Q: I’m hard of hearing. Will I be able to hear the show?
(Can I sit at the front table?)
A: Half the audience is hard of hearing. Don’t worry, the sound will be perfect everywhere you sit.
Q: Can I order a special menu, steamed vegetables, gluten free, salad, blintzes, latkes, a little babka maybe…during the Dinner Show?
A: No, sorry. There is a set Chinese restaurant menu served to the table to all 370 attendees of each Dinner Show. There will plenty to eat for both omnivores and vegetarians alike. Apologies to our gluten free friends, but the restaurant is not set up to accommodate that need, and soy sauce has gluten in it. Click here to View the Menu
Q: Can I order food at the Cocktail Show?
A: No, sorry. The restaurant will have just finished cooking for 370 people at the Dinner Show and will not be taking orders. You will be served vegetarian dim sum, however. But it’s 8:30pm and it will just be a snack, so eat beforehand!
Q: Can you recommend a Chinese restaurant where we can eat before the Cocktail Show?
A: You can try Yuet Lee at the corner of Broadway and Stockton, 1-1/2 blocks from New Asia. It looks like a greasy hole in the wall, but it’s good. Or check the interwebs, Yelp etc.
Q: Why is the late show called the Cocktail Show anyway? Don’t cocktails usually take place BEFORE dinner? Is this done just to confuse us?
A: Yes to all three. (Boy, you sure ask a lot of questions.) Kung Pao started out with one show in 1993. After that sold out, Lisa decided to do 2 shows the following year and for some unknown reason decided to call the 2nd one “The Cocktail Show.” There’s no turning back now.
Q: What are the names of the tables at Kung Pao?
A: We’re so glad you asked! We have named the tables (in ABC order):
Barbra Streisand, Borscht Belt, Bubbelah, Catskills, Chicken Soup, Chopped Liver,
Chutzpah, Fanny Brice, Farklempt, Gefilte Fish, Gilda Radner, Guilt, Hava Nagilah,
Henny Youngman, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Kasha Varnishkas, Kvetch, Latkes,
Lenny Bruce, Mah Jongg, Manischewitz, Marx Brothers, Matzoh Brei, Meshugganah,
Milton Berle, New York Bagel, Nosh, Rodney Dangerfield, Sammy Davis Jr,
Schmooze, Seinfeld, Totie Fields, Treyf, Woody Allen, and Yenta.