Eating My Religion

Kung Pao Kosher Comedy has happened so many times it's practically a religious institution, with its own codes and rituals, even prayers ("Jesus Christ, is that pork?"), presided over by a jolly old soul (OK, fine, Lisa Geduldig is not really old) who gives her little helpers the best gift of all: the chance to sling jokes in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas. The room itself comes with enough material for at least three of the seven courses – probably more, given that all the comedians on the lineup are Jewish. If you opt for the cocktail show later in the evening, it comes with egg rolls, and when an egg roll is served to a Jew in a Chinese restaurant on Christmas, Henny Youngman taps a mic in heaven (Youngman appeared at "Kung Pao" in 1997, naturally). The show is, of course, open to all faiths and all nonfaiths, in true San Francisco tradition, in which half the fun of going out is ending up somewhere you don't know the secret handshakes. This year's lineup includes Elayne Boosler, doyenne of the 40-year comedy career, along with Avi Liberman, Jeff Applebaum, and Geduldig.
Dec. 23-25, 2011

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