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The following article was posted on November 29th, 2012, in the New Times - Volume 27, Issue 18 [ Submit a Story ]
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Get your latke on!


You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy a good latke—or a good laugh. Case in point: Congregation Beth David’s Latke Laugh In, an evening of comedy and seasonal Jewish delights. On Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m., head to 10180 Los Osos Valley Road for a night of latke hors d’oeuvres, wine, and desserts paired with the hilarious stand-up comedy of Los Angeles comedienne Elisa Wayne.

After checking out Wayne’s stand-up on YouTube, I have to say food and comedy pair remarkably well:

“The other day I stopped at this new burger place on Sunset and Vine, and all the waiters wore T-shirts with sayings one the back,” she says. “One guy’s said, ‘If you are what you eat, I’m fast, cheap, and easy.’ So I thought, well, what would mine say? ‘Rich, complex, and likely to cause irritable bowel syndrome.’”

In addition to being funny for a living—she’s performed at Hollywood Improv, Second City, Flappers, and the Comedy Union—Wayne is a regular do-gooder who’s served in many leadership positions within the Jewish community of Los Angeles. The money raised from the Latke Laugh In will help underwrite Congregation Beth David’s community outreach programs.

Sharing the stage and the latkes will be local funny person Dr. Roger Steele and master of ceremonies George Pudlo.

Tickets to the Latke Laugh In are $25 presale and $32 at the door, so get ’em in advance if you can. They’re selling like … I don’t know, but there must be a joke in there somewhere. For more ticket information, call the Congregation Beth David office at 544-0760. For more on Elisa Wayne, visit

What’s a latke, you ask? Well, since this is technically a food column, I’ll tell you. A latke is a fried potato pancake, soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, and delicious with applesauce on top. You guys should try it sometime.

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