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Comedy at Ashkenaz! Featuring: Johnny Steele, Karen Ripley, Ian Williams, and Lisa Geduldig

Doors at 7:30 pm; Show at 8:00 pm

Tickets are $15 - $20 Sliding Scale

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Bay Area comedian and comedy producer, Lisa Geduldig (of Kung Pao Kosher Comedy™), and Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center joined forces in 2017 to bring the East Bay a new monthly (the second Thursday of the month) comedy series, Comedy at Ashkenaz!

This show has been presented monthly for almost two years. Since launching, Black History Month, International Women’s Day/Women’s History Month, Gay Pride, and Mother’s Day have been commemorated; there has been a political comedy night; and funds  have been raised for three organizations and causes (the Redwood Empire Food Bank which provided food to shelters in Sonoma County for residents displaced by the North Bay fires, RAICES: The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and Alameda County Community Food Bank).

The Thursday, August 8th Comedy at Ashkenaz features an all-star line-up:

Johnny Steele, Karen Ripley, Ian Williams, and Lisa Geduldig.


Johnny Steele, East Bay native, is a humorist, comedy writer, voice actor, broadcaster, and keynote speaker. For three decades, Johnny has performed comedy across the US, Canada, overseas, and on dozens of nationally broadcast stand up programs on channels ranging from MTV to A&E to Comedy Central and PBS. Johnny is also a winner of the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition. He has hosted his own daily morning radio and TV talk shows in San Francisco, written humor for folks ranging from Emmy award-winning musicians to CEOs to Robin Williams, and can currently be seen in documentary 3 Still Standing (available on Amazon Prime). His new project, The Fake Comedy Radio Hour, a collection of skits reminiscent of The National Lampoon Radio hour and The Committee, can be found on Patreon and is available in CD format. Johnny lives in Berkeley with his wife, Allison, and a bunch of guitars.

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Karen Ripley a queer comic and improv master and has been featured on LOGO TV. She is a veteran of LGBT comedy and began her comedy career in 1977 (41 years ago!) in the heyday of the LGBT comedy movement in San Francisco. She has performed at hundreds of Pride events as well as The Fringe and Diva Festivals. Ripley recently premiered her one-woman show, Oh No, There’s Men On The Land to rave reviews at The Marsh Berkeley.  She is currently working on her next show, Memories of Resistance.


Ian Williams began performing in comedy clubs in the Midwest after leaving graduate school in 1984. He has appeared on MTV, A&E, Star Search, and Showtime. Williams has lived in San Francisco for more than two decades and appears at Bay Area clubs including Cobb's and The Punchline. He also has worked as a teacher while partnering with his spouse to run a family that has stayed in operation since 1995.

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Lisa Geduldig is a local comedian and comedy producer who’s 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 celebrates its 27th year in 2019) and Comedy Returns to El Rio! (which just celebrated its 10th Anniversary in May).

**While Ashkenaz is an all ages venue, the comedy shows are not recommended for kids under 16.

Free parking at REI, across the street.

Earlier Event: August 7
Balkan Dance
Later Event: August 9
Stu Allen & Mars Hotel