Six Asian-American Comedians Prepare for a 'Comedy InvAsian'
Six Asian-American Comedians Prepare for a ‘Comedy InvAsian’
Six Asian-American comedians will take the stage this February for “Comedy InvAsian,” a live stand-up series slated to be produced for digital video.
Created by producer Koji Steven Sakai and director Quentin Lee in partnership with film production and distribution company Viva Pictures, the series will take place in Los Angeles’ Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and came about partly in response to a lack of Asian Americans on television, Sakai told NBC News.
“I think it’s important to show that we can be funny too,” he said. “So I think that ‘Comedy InvAsian’ is our opportunity to show that we’re not just studious.”
Sakai notes that the comedians themselves are a diverse group, including Kollaboration founder and Laugh Factory veteran Paul Kim, Filipino-American comedian Joey Guila, Japanese-American comedian Atsuko Okatsuka, transgender Vietnamese-American comedian Robin Tran, gay Chinese-Canadian comedy songwriter Kevin Yee, and Japanese-American actress and comedian Amy Hill.