Cold Tofu Improv at Maryknoll, JCI

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Cold Tofu continues its improv shows at Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Center, 222 S. Hewett St., Los Angeles.

“You suggestions make each show happen, so join us in 2013. It’ll be a blast,” a spokesperson for the comedy troupe said.

Shows are scheduled for the following Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.: Feb. 16, April 20, May 11, June 15, Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 7. Admission is $7. No reservations needed.

(Dates are subject to change. No shows at Maryknoll in March, July or August.)

Free parking is available on the property. Metered parking available on Hewitt Street and the surrounding neighborhood.

For updates, visit www.coldtofu.com.

Cold Tofu returns to the South Bay on Saturday, March 2 and May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute, 1964 W. 162nd St., Gardena (between Western and Van Ness).

For information on the Gardena shows, call (310) 324-6611 or email [email protected]

Cold Tofu is the nation’s premier Asian American comedy improv and sketch group. It is dedicated to promoting diverse images of Asian Pacific Americans through comedy and to developing multiethnic talent through education and performance.

A nonprofit organization, Cold Tofu was founded in 1981 by Marilyn Tokuda, Denice Kumagai, Judy Momii and Irma Escamilla. At that time, the four founding members wanted to perform comedy encompassing a variety of universal themes that people from many communities could relate to. They also wanted to provide an opportunity for Asian American actors to perform and explore comedy.

Stocked with six-packs and chips, the core group met regularly at each other’s homes exploring new territory – Asian American comedy. They were willing to try anything, and as a result, Cold Tofu began to take shape as an improv and sketch group.

Since then, Cold Tofu’s members have created unforgettable characters, sketch materials and improvised scenes. In addition to performing all over Southern California, they have performed throughout the nation in cities like San Jose, Seattle, Houston, New York and Washington, D.C. The group has also performed and taught workshops at several campuses such as USC, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, UC Riverside, Pomona College and the University of Washington.

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