So 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.
Q: Is it true that Lisa Geduldig killed Henny
A: Although she has been accused of doing
so for over 10 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. Kung Pao appeared in Henny's NY
Times obit, but
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: Why do Jews eat Chinese food on Christmas?
Why not? (Here’s an actual study addressing the
age-old question: "Safe
Treyf: New York Jews and Chinese Food." PDF )
Q: Are teenagers allowed to attend the show?
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.
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 few years ago. Seriously.
Q: Can I sit at at the front table?
A: Sorry, but all 375 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
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, salad...during the Dinner Show?
A: No, sorry. There is a set Chinese restaurant menu served to the table to all 375 attendees of each Dinner Show. There will plenty to eat for both omnivores and vegetarians alike. 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 375 people at the Dinner Show and will not be taking orders. You will be served egg rolls, however. But it's 9:30pm (or 8:30 on Dec 23 and Dec 25), 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.
(Webmaven recommends House of Nanking on Kearny
at Columbus). Or check the
Yellow Pages/internet/Twitter/Yelp/etc ad infinitum.
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