Cold Tofu to Perform at Gardena JCI


GARDENA — The Asian American improvisational comedy group Cold Tofu will be taking its show “on the road” with a South Bay performance on Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute.

Cold Tofu, founded in 1981, has been holding regular performances in Little Tokyo over the past few years.

“Cold Tofu is very excited to be performing a one-hour comedy improv show at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute. It means a lot to us because we know there’s a strong Asian American community in the South Bay, and some of us even grew up here,” said Artistic Director Helen H. Ota.

Under the leadership of Ota and its core cast members, Cold Tofu continues to grow and develop its distinctive brand of comedy. The members of Cold Tofu consistently strive to create unforgettable characters, improvised scenes and original sketch materials.

From its inception in 1981 by Marilyn Tokuda, Denice Kumagai, Judy Momii and Irma Escamilla to today, Cold Tofu has grown to 25 members who perform improv shows regularly, as well as at various events for community organizations, colleges, and museums throughout the nation. Providing workshops throughout the year, Cold Tofu shares the thrill of performing improv and sketch, while training up-and-coming performers. For more information, visit

The cost of the attending the performance is $10 with a portion of the evening’s proceeds supporting GVJCI programs.

The GVJCI is located at 1964 W. 162nd St. (between Western and Van Ness) in Gardena. Parking is free and tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information about the performance, contact Jeff Murakami at (213) 200-8277 or [email protected]


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