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Comedy at Ashkenaz!

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8 pm

Tickets are $15-$20 Sliding Scale

*Ashkenaz is an all ages venue, but due to adult content, this show is not recommended for children under 13

Berkeley, CA… Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy), and Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center in Berkeley joined forces last Fall and are bringing the East Bay a new monthly (on the second Thursday of the month) comedy series Comedy at Ashkenaz! featuring a different line-up of comedians each month, with Geduldig acting as the MC.

The Ashkenaz comedy waters were tested in June 2017 with a Gay Pride Comedy Night, and since a packed house turned out they’ve decided to collaborate on this monthly comedy show. The series launched in October 2017 and last minute became a North Bay fire relief benefit raising over $1200 for a local food bank.

The fourth show in the series, which takes place on Thursday, January 11, will feature Ngaio Bealum, Ronn Vigh, Carla Clayy, Jeff Applebaum, and host Lisa Geduldig.


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Ngaio Bealum uses his great storytelling ability, razor sharp wit, and engaging stage presence to leave audiences howling with laughter. He has earned a 5-star rating on and has appeared on ABC, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, and many other TV programs. He has opened for Dave Chappelle and Weird Al (but not at the same time) and is also a regular guest on The Doug Benson Podcasts. Ngaio is constantly on the road and has headlined comedy clubs and performed at music and arts festivals all over the country. 



Ronn Vigh hits the stage with his brash attitude and acerbic wit that once earned him a comparison to a young Joan Rivers by The SF Weekly. They were certainly on to something, as Ronn later became a joke writer for Rivers on her E! Television show, Fashion Police. Equal parts edgy and endearing, Ronn performs regularly at comedy clubs, colleges and theaters across the nation. He has headlined Reno Gay Pride and performed at Lake Tahoe Gay & Lesbian WinterFest, Michigan ComedyFest, SF SketchFest, Bird City Comedy Festival and more. Off stage, Ronn enjoys watching football, hiking and eating carbs. While that makes him sound more masculine, he still gets called "ma'am" on the telephone at least once a week. Hear for yourself and listen to Ronn and co-host Joe Tobin on their weekly podcast, "Switching Teams: A Gay Dude & A Straight Dude Talk About Sports." New episodes are available every Tuesday on iTunes. 




Carla Clayy is a native San Franciscan who has spent the last several years making people laugh all over the country. She has shared the stage with Paula Poundstone, Joy Behar, and Robin Williams. Carla is a regular at The Punchline, Cobb's, and comedy clubs in such hotspots as Modesto and Chico.





Jeff Applebaum, a native New Yorker, made his national TV debut as a comedian on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has also appeared on Comics Unleashed, America's Got Talent, and has opened for comic legends Robert Klein, Mort Sahl, Robin Williams, Dana Carvey, Elayne Boosler, and more. He's also a frequent guest on KGO Radio, 810 AM in San Francisco. Jeff plays the role of Joey Bishop in "The Rat Pack Tribute" and is also credited and appears in the blockbuster film "The Pursuit of Happyness," starring Will Smith. Jeff is also active in the business and hi-tech worlds, using his two engineering degrees from MIT.


Lisa Geduldig is a Bay Area-based comedian and comedy producer who is the creator, producer, and MC of a variety of comedy shows including Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™ - Jewish comedy on Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant (which celebrated its 25th Anniversary this past December!) and Comedy Returns to El Rio! (now in it 10th year). Lisa moonlights as a bilingual (Spanish-English) freelance publicist.

The 25th Anniversary of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, Geduldig’s annual Jewish-comedy-on-Christmas-in-a-Chinese-Restaurant extravaganza, takes place in San Francisco’s Chinatown on December 23-25.

Earlier Event: January 10
Stu Allen & Mars Hotel
Later Event: January 12
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