You’re Funny, But You Don’t Look Jewish – Comedy Night


Saturday, May 17
Chochmat HaLev

Tickets: $15 / $12 for Chochmat HaLev members.

Purchase Tickets at the door.

Join four fantastic Jewish comedians for a night of comedy!  (Think of it as matzot pizza topped with Indian spices, served with Vietnamese Iced coffee in an African American Bakery…)

Joseph Nguyen
Samson Koletkar,
Gina Gold
Mike Capozzola
Hosted by Steve Budd

Subtle but sharp, laid-back yet engaging, Joe Nguyen is the smart slacker beloved by Joe Nguyen 2audiences 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 Comedy Club in SF and Rooster T. Feathers in Sunnyvale. He won the 2009 Russian River Comedy Competition and has been featured on KOFY TV in the Bay Area. Joe tours nationally with the Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour and was featured in the Kung Pao Kosher Comedy show.

In addition to being a standup comic and member of Chochmat HaLev, Steve Budd is anSTEVE BUDD actor, storyteller, and solo performer. He’s performed all around the Bay Area, and his solo show WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT LOVE has been workshopped at The Marsh, Tell It On Tuesday, The Vent, and Solo Sundays.


Samson Koletkar was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. Growing up in the world’s mostSAM17 crowded city, he spent most of his childhood years burning the midnight candles for earning a Masters in Computer Software, thereby fulfilling his parent’s dreams. He then moved half-way across the world, to the technology headquarters and a hotbed for emerging comics – San Francisco.

As a first generation immigrant in America, Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a global perspective. Driven by personal trials and tribulations, his subtle satire addresses religious and political hypocrisies, social issues, and day-to-day absurdities of human nature.
He has performed at clubs, colleges and corporations in India, Canada and 13 states in U.S. & has been featured on Asian Jewish Life, Indian Express, NBC Bay Area, CBS and NPR.

Gina Gold produces & hosts TMI Storytelling at LaPena Cultural Arts Center in Berkeleyhandsup-smGina  got her start at BCAT—Brooklyn Cable Access Television—on channel 356 where she held the coveted 1AM Monday morning slot. Inspired by comedians like Carol Burnett and Lewis CK, Gina boldly pokes fun at her own idiosyncrasies as a Jewish African-American Bay Area native who is really from Queens.


A twenty-year veteran of the comedy world, Mike Capozzola has performed at shows in Mike Capozzola Headshot [color] MED 8 x 10the Bay Area for Chabad, The Contra Costa Jewish Book & Arts Festival, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The 20th Anniversary of “Kung Pao Kosher Comedy” and various Hillels, as well as retreats sponsored by the Bureau of Jewish Education and B’nai B’rith and numerous synagogues.

Comedy has brought him to Canada, London, Edinburgh and Jerusalem for performances. Mike is also a published cartoonist and has contributed to TED Talks, The Humor Times, The Bold Italic, National Lampoon, McSweeney’s and Mad Magazine.