Dearest Kung Pao-ites,
I’m so glad you found us, whether you’ve been attending Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ for one year or 24 or just stumbled upon our web site.
It’s our 25th Anniversary, and it’s been quite a ride!
I honestly thought I’d do the show once, in 1993, but then the event made Critic’s Choice in all the papers, sold out with a line around the block, 200 people were turned away, the show grew exponentially each year and kept selling out, AND Henny Youngman graced our stage, as did Shelley Berman, and David Brenner. (All 3 have since passed on.)
And here we are celebrating our Silver Anniversary!
We’ve given thousands of people in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond a TRADITION! (Some have attended for 20+ years; one couple comes up from LA every year.) We’ve formed a family. And we’ve lost some of our Kung Pao family members (Howard Siegel, Sanfy Weinberg, Barney Sherman, Marty Sussman…) We also lost my old friend, Marty White, the designer of our original logo. I knew him since I was 9.
The New York Times did a ¾ page story on Kung Pao in 1994 (the second year)!
We founded a “Comedy Clinic” at the local Jewish nursing home. The bi-weekly class continues to this day. It’s one of our proudest accomplishments.
We have raised 10’s of 1000s of dollars for various charities.
An entire chapter of the book A Kosher Christmas: 'Tis the Season to be Jewish focuses on Kung Pao.
I’ll be appearing in the Canadian documentary “Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas” this December. The film, which is about the Jews who wrote the Christmas songs, will be on TV in Canada and Europe. And maybe the US too.
If it wasn’t for a phone conversation with my summer camp friend, Tobi, in 1993 about the irony of having just told Jewish jokes at a Chinese restaurant in South Hadley, MA the night before, Kung Pao would never have been born, and I might have a desk job (though I doubt it).
And finally, do everything in your power to make sure that momzer gets out of office.
If you’re attending the show this year, please say hi or drop me a line.