Mensches On Parade

Esther Paik Goodhart calls her mother "the Asian Tammy Faye Bakker." Scott Blakeman created "Stand Up for Peace: The Two Comedian Solution to Middle East Peace" with Palestinian-American comedian Dean Obeidallah, which the pair perform back home in NYC. And Shelley Berman's been on the Ed Sullivan Show 21 times -- the talent at the annual Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show is big-time. Berman, especially, is no less than a comedy legend – maybe you know him as a regular actor on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Boston Legal. (Somehow, it's still the Sullivan Show gigs that do it for us. Call us old-fashioned, but playing the same show the Beatles and Elvis did is just different from playing Larry David's dad.) Kung Pao Kosher's creator Lisa Geduldig also performs at the event, which welcomes everyone from the family-challenged to the faithless and which benefits the Jewish Community Free Clinic and the Chicken Soupers. Oh, and did we mention? The early, dinner shows include a feast, and at all shows, "The fortune cookies are filled with Yiddish proverbs."
Dec. 20-25, 2007

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