Fourth Annual Comedy Festival Features Danny Pudi, Aparna Nancherla, Jake Choi, Jenny Yang and more

MANILA LUZON JOINS THE COMEDY COMEDY FESTIVAL LINEUP

October 5, 2018 (Los Angeles, CA) —The Fourth Annual The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival will take place October 12-14, 2018 at the Aratani Theatre and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) campus in Little Tokyo. Co-produced by Disoriented Comedy and JACCC, in partnership with Asian AF, the 3-day event brings together the best of young, Asian-American comedic talent from Hollywood, digital media, and live performance.

“America is not ready for us! We have hilarious and exciting voices.” states writer, comedian, and Festival co-organizer Jenny Yang. “No one is waiting for Hollywood to catch up anymore. We have been building our community, strengthening our craft and creating our own platforms. This comedy festival is not just a festival. It’s a movement.”

This year’s festival performers include Manila Luzon (VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race), Jenny Yang (E!’s Busy Tonight), Jake Choi (ABC’s Single Parents), Sherry Cola (TNT’s Claws), Aparna Nancherla (Comedy Central’s Corporate, Late Night with Seth Meyers), Lilan Bowden (Disney’s Andie Mack), singer-songwriter Megan Lee, and more. Events include stand up, sketch and improvised comedy, storytelling, and musical comedy.

“We are excited to welcome this vibrant, peer-curated Festival to the Aratani Theatre and the JACCC Campus. At a time when we need to laugh, it’s a great opportunity to hear the diverse voices of our larger Asian American, South Asian and Southeast Asian American community and it’s intersectional diversity. Cuz let’s be real, there are so many things to laugh at and laugh about right now!” shares Alison De La Cruz, Vice President of Programs at JACCC.

Since 2012, Disoriented Comedy has produced over 50 sold-out shows around the country. Disoriented Comedy and The Comedy Comedy Festival’s audiences are young, smart and socially-aware Asian American professionals and college students. For the third consecutive year, Disoriented Comedy is co-producing this event with the JACCC, the preeminent presenter of Japanese, Japanese American, and Asian American performing and visual arts nationally.

The 2018 Comedy Comedy Festival will feature: 

Picture This!

Hosted by Jenny Yang (E!’s Busy Tonight) and Brandie Posey (Lady to Lady). Aparna Nancherla (Late Night with Seth Meyers), Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island), Asif Ali (TBS’ Wrecked), DeeDee Magno Hall (Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe), and Shannon Lee (Bruce Lee Foundation).

 

Asian AF #1

Hosted by Kat Evasco. Christine Medrano and Kiran Deol. Featuring newbie standup comedy by Amanda Suk (Marvel’s The Runaways), Sono Patel (Writer, CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), and Mike Bow (Actor, YouTuber, ISAtv Host). Improv by The Comedy Comedy Festival Staff and Room to Improv.

 

Asian AF #2

Hosted by Ceda Xiong. Jared Goldstein and Yola Lu. Featuring newbie standup comedy by Minji Chang (Buzzfeed, First of All, Kollabcast), and Andrew Ti (Yo! Is This Racist). Improv by K3wlAzN420 and South Asian AF.

 

Asian AF #3

Hosted by Sherry Cola. Jes Tom. Ellen Wong (Netflix’s Glow). Featuring newbie standup comedy by Hollis Wong-Wear (Flavr Blue, poet and musician). Improv by Out of Towners Improv (Dan Lee, Virgil Shelby, G-Su Paek – Austin) and Stir Friday Night.

 

Disoriented Comedy

Featuring: Manila Luzon (VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race), and Robin Tran (Comedy Central’s Roast Battle), D’Lo (Amazon’s Transparent, Netflix’s Sense 8), Atsuko (HBO’s Room 104, Comedy Central Asia) and Jenny Yang (E!’s Busy Tonight).

 

Asian AF #4

Hosted by Kasu Kusano. Fizaa Dosani and Sierra Katow. Featuring newbie standup comedy by Phil Wang (Wong Fu Productions), Lilan Bowden (Disney’s Andie Mack), Megan Lee (Singer-Songwriter). Improv by Cold Tofu and Miss Golightly.

 

Asian AF #5: The Diversity Diversity Showcase

Hosted by Peter Kim. Adam Conover (Diversity Showcase Headliner, Adam of TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything), Kyle Mizono, and Irene Tu. Featuring newbie standup comedy by Peter Sudarso (Actor, Power Rangers), Improv by Number One Son and Sini-Gang.

 

Asian AF #6: The Armando Show

Hosted by Bri Pruett. Francesca Fiorentini, Ahmed Bharoocha, and Teresa Lee. Featuring newbie standup comedy by Jake Choi (ABC’s Single Parents). Improv by Voltron with a very special guest TBA.

 

The Musical Musical Comedy Show: A Musical Comedy Show featuring Tess Paras

Tess Paras (Host), Danny Pudi, Mary Sohn, Parvesh Cheena, AJ Rafael, JR De Guzman, Lana McKissack, Katie Malia, Kevin Yee, SeventhGrade (Chuck Maa & Geo Lee), and Musical Improv (Jiavani Linayao, Shilpa Das).

 

 

About the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)

Founded in 1980, JACCC is the largest Asian American cultural center of its kind in the U.S. and is the preeminent presenter of Japanese, Japanese American and Asian American arts. JACCC is home to a number of civic and arts organizations and serves as the cultural and community focal point of Japanese Americans throughout Southern California. For more information about JACCC, please visit JACCC.org.

For more information regarding the festival: http://comedycomedyfest.com/