’Twas the night before Christmas, and right here in Philly, Jews were chowing down in Chinatown and watching comedians get silly. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
While celebrants across the country gather on December 24 to deck the halls, go caroling and exchange gifts, going out to the movies and a Chinese meal has become a veritable Christmas tradition for Jewish revelers.
Building off of that concept, comedian Cory Kahaney created The Moo Shu Jew Show. For six years now, this holiday event has given audiences a live alternative to Hollywood blockbusters and long waits for dim sum.
This year, the fun takes place at Ocean Harbor in the heart of Chinatown. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a multi-course Chinese banquet, complete with favorites like spring rolls, vegetable lo mein, orange beef and lemon chicken. Soft drinks are included, and alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar.
Just as the crowd cracks open their fortune cookies, the show begins. Kahaney, along with fellow Jewish standup comedians Mike Fine and Harrison Greenbaum, will perform for about 90 minutes, entertaining and delighting the audience.
This festive event sells out almost every year and seating is determined by order of purchase, so be sure to buy your tickets soon. Entry is $69 in advance and $80 at the door, if there are any tickets still available.
Moo Shu Jew Show
When: Tuesday, December 24, 6 p.m.
Where: Ocean Harbor Restaurant, 1023 Race Street
Cost: $69 in advance, $80 at the door (if available)
More info: www.mooshujewshow.com