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Comedy Returns to El Rio! (Thursday, August 21)
El Rio
San Francisco, CA
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Kung Pao Kosher Comedy Presents...
Comedy Returns to El Rio!

This monthly (every 3rd Thursday of the month) multicultural comedy show features an eclectic mix of comedians and this month improv as well. Produced and MC'ed by Lisa Geduldig.

This month features comedians: Will Durst, Marga Gomez, Joe Nguyen, and Lisa Geduldig AND The Bad Aunties improv group (Diane Amos, Debi Durst, and Judy Nihei).

Will Durst has been called, by The New York Times, "quite possibly the best political comedian working in the country today." Will writes a nationally syndicated humor column and is a frequent contributor on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Current TV. Although receiving five Emmy nominations and seven consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand Up of the Year, he's never won anything. Not even a toaster. His first book, "The All American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing" was taken from his hit Off-Broadway one-man show of the same name and another book was made out of his 2012 one-man show "Elect to Laugh" which ran for 41 weeks in San Francisco. Currently he is performing his tribute to Baby Boomers "From LSD to OMG." His 800+ television appearances include: HBO, The Today Show, Letterman, Inside Politics, GMA, Showtime, Comedy Central and the CBS Morning News. Will has been fired by the San Francisco Examiner twice and by PBS three times and once ran for Mayor of San Francisco, spending $1200, pulling 2% of the vote: meaning on a dollar per vote basis, he is Mayor of San Francisco. Despite blistering reproach, he continues to squeeze ketchup on hot dogs.

Marga Gomez is a GLAAD award winner and triple winner of the San Francisco Bay Guardian's "Best of The Bay Comedian Award." She is also one of the first openly lesbian comedians in the nation. Armistead Maupin has called her, "Astonishing!" Robin Williams has praised Marga as "a Lesbian Lenny Bruce." Her stand up comedy has been featured on HBO, LOGO, Comedy Central, and PBS. She has appeared nationally and internationally in concert, at universities, pride festivals and numerous comedy festivals including San Francisco Sketchfest, Montreal's Just For Laughs, London's Hot August Fringe, and The Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Marga is also the writer/performer of ten solo plays. Her latest work "Lovebirds" made its New York premiere in 2014 and will open September 19th through October 18th at the Marsh, Berkeley for a six week engagement. Marga teaches solo performance in San Francisco at Brava Theater, which named her a 2014 "Artist in Residence." For more about Marga, visit

The Bad Aunties improv group is comprised of Diane Amos (The Pine Sol Lady), Debi Durst, and Judi Nihei. Together as The Bad Aunties, they have over 100 years of improvisational experience between them. They've been together in different improv groups forever and as The Bad Aunties for a little over a year. The Bad Aunties will make you laugh out loud on purpose against your will.  They perform wherever they can worm their way in, from Weaverville to Cloverdale. Diane Amos is an actor with roots in improvisational theater. The Indianapolis native and longtime San Franciscan has carved out a career in movies, TV, comedic and dramatic stage work, stand up comedy, and a long run as spokesperson for a well-known household cleaner: aka The Pine-Sol Lady. Debi Durst forged in the crucible of improvisational theater at a young age and has performed with every improv group known to man in the Bay Area, beginning with The Committee, Spaghetti Jam, Femprov, The Comedy Underground, The National Theater of the Deranged, Papaya Juice, The Dinosaurs of Improv, and The Marsh Jam. Blessed with a background in legitimate theater, Debi has been able to straddle both worlds, spending the last 30 years improvising in clubs and has recently began trodding the boards again. Summer of 2014 finds her playing the Nurse in "Romeo & Juliet" with the Marin Shakespeare Company (playing until September 28). She also produces San Francisco's Comedy Day and The Big Fat Year End Kiss Off Comedy Show. Judi Nihei's life in improv began when she took a class from Jim Cranna at the Asian American Theatre Workshop. She went on to perform with Cranna and other improv artists in The Committee, The National Theatre of the Deranged, and The Dinosaurs of Improv.  She was also in the original company, Not My Fault. A native of San Francisco, she has been deeply involved in the development of Asian American theater.  For over 30 years, she was as administrator, director, dramaturg and performer, primarily with San Francisco's Asian American Theater Company and Seattle's Northwest Asian American Theatre, where she was a founding member and served as Artistic Director from 1993 to 1997.  

Joe Nguyen is subtle but sharp, laid-back yet engaging. He's the smart slacker beloved by audiences for his easygoing delivery and well-written jokes. Raised in the state of Georgia by immigrants of Vietnamese and Jewish descent, Joe was destined to become a stand up comedian. His unique perspective and likeable stage presence have made him a favorite at clubs, colleges, niche shows, and private events throughout the country. Joe is a regular at the Punch Line in San Francisco and Sacramento, Cobb's in SF and Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale. He won the 2009 Russian River Comedy Competition and has been featured on KOFY TV. Joe tours nationally with the Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour and was featured at Kung Pao Kosher Comedy.

Lisa Geduldig is a local comic and comedy producer who's the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedy (now in its 22nd year); Funny Girlz: A Smorgasbord of Women Comedians; The Color of Funny: A Multi-Cultural Comedy Show; and A Muslim, A Mormon, and A Jew Walk into A Bar: The Comedy of Religion.

Must be over 21 as it's a bar.  Tickets on sale on a sliding scale basis: $7 to $20.
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Tues, Aug 19 update: Advanced tix sales have ended, BUT there will be some tix available at the door at 8pm (possibly SRO) on Thurs, Aug 21. Show begins @ 8pm. Cash only. The next El Rio show will take place on Thurs, Sept 18.


El Rio (View)
3158 Mission St @ Precita
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

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Comedy > Sketch
Comedy > Stand Up

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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