Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, which represents every unique and underrepresented niche to be found in the art of comedy, is bringing us into the kitchen this time. For The 6th (or so) Annual Cafe con Comedy show, Kung Pao presents "Tales of Restaurant Work," a night of stand-up comedy with restaurant veterans. Before they were comedians, they schlepped around beneath aprons, chef's hats, and plastic trays. Some still do. And they're ready to talk about it.
Friday, August 3, Bob McIntyre, Nick Leonard, Carla Clayy, and Kung Pao's leading lady Lisa Geduldig hit the Dolores Park Cafe to share their humorous (and possibly frightening, disturbing, and educational) tales of serving food to the masses across the Bay Area and around the country.
McIntyre started his 30-year-long career at age 13 in New Jersey as a waiter at the Colonial Manor Fire Hall's Thursday night BINGO, serving sandwiches and beverages while breathing in the secondhand smoke of 150 crazy BINGO players. He's worked in restaurants named after a day of the week, those named after a cut of meat, and a 24-hour diner whose name "conjures a vision of a dog pissing on a fire hydrant." He even worked at All You Knead at Haight and Ashbury the day Jerry Garcia died.
Leonard started his "tour of duty" in food service at age 15 in his mother's catering business in Minneapolis and continued across the country in most every culinary genre imaginable. He was working as a baker at Josie's Cabaret and Juice Joint when owner Ron Lanza recruited him into stand-up comedy, which he says "sidetracked his search for the perfect scone."
Clayy is a native San Franciscan who has spent the last several years making people laugh all over the country. Her accolades lean far more toward comedy than catering, but she will be delighted to regale the audience with her tales of working at the Marine World's restaurant, "African Hut." Since her food service stint, Clayy has gone on to become one of the funniest comics in the Bay Area, sharing the stage with legends like Paula Poundstone and Robin Williams. She's a regular at San Francisco's Punch Line and Cobb's, where she'll take care of the jokes and let someone else bring you hors d'oeuvres.
Geduldig admits to still having "waitressing nightmares" from the one year she spent waiting tables and slinging pizzas at two college town restaurants in Ithaca, New York 30 years ago. She has been producing Kung Pao Kosher Comedy the past 19 years.
Catch Cafe con Comedy at the Dolores Park Cafe, 501 Dolores (at 18th St.), S.F. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Come early to grab food and maybe breed material for the next generation of comics! Tickets are $7-20 online or at the door.
Awkward Silence is a weekly column covering local stand-up comedy in San Francisco.