For the past few decades, steady progress has been made in one of the last frontiers of Asian American occupation: the entertainment industry. More recently, things seem to be approaching a tipping point — with Asian comedians boldly leading the way. Comedy has the unique ability to bring audiences across racial barriers to come together and is the first genre to experience breakthroughs. Asian comedians are beginning to get more leading and supporting roles in Hollywood, with increasing diversity in characters. The internet has been crucial in the discovery and dissemination of new Asian comics, allowing some to cater entirely to Asian audiences and sustain a career.
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I began my career in stand-up comedy at an inauspicious time, by taking a class at the Manhattan Comedy School on the evening of Sept. The morning after my class, New York City and the whole world looked like a completely different place. It was impossible to even comprehend the impact of what had happened at that time. But that night began my journey as one of the first openly gay South Asian stand-up comics, which has taken me through both success and failure, and through no small amount of discrimination and adversity. And it will soon culminate in what I feel is one of the greatest moments of my career: a featured role in the upcoming Showtime special Pauly-Tics , airing nationally on Showtime on the evening of Oct. This is my story.
Making people laugh seems like the easiest job out there, but any comedian will tell you that it is not. A good comedian has to be adaptable because different audiences react to jokes in different ways. The best black male stand-up comedians can adapt to different audiences and tell jokes without offending anyone. Comedy remains a world still dominated by men even with the numerous efforts aimed at achieving equality for all genders.
For her first hour-long stand-up special, released in early , Southern-born Fortune Feimster The Mindy Project hilariously takes fans inside her youth as a Girl Scout, debutante and swim meet champion coming to terms with her sexuality. In her latest hour-long special—the first the comedy vet has ever filmed for Netflix— Wanda Syk es gives her uniquely hilarious perspective on the state of the world. Though, with the world getting a whole lot less normal since its release in , the insanity she's riffing on almost feels quaint by comparison. In this late special, the Daily Show correspondent and Crazy Rich Asians star Ronny Chieng , born in Malaysia and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, Singapore and Australia, gives a peek inside his unique journey to America while sharing his hilarious perspective on things like consumerism and the possibility of an Asian-American president.