Comedian Jenny Yang on Hollywood’s Abuse and Lack of Diversity: ‘The Current Power Structure Doesn’t Work For Us Anymore’
By Danielle Turchiano
In all of the recent news stories about men in Hollywood abusing their power — from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Brett Ratner to Michael Oreskes — one line in particular stood out to comedian Jenny Yang. It was: “That experience caused her to lower her aspirations.” It was about the then-young women in journalism affected by NPR news editor Oreskes’ inappropriate behavior, but it could have been about anyone. (read full article on Variety.com)
So this is the story of HOW I GOT #AzizAnsari TO BRING ME COOKIES AND MILK.
We were both on a non-stop flight from New York to Los Angeles. He was in business class and, well, I was not.
It was March of 2016 and I was flying home to Los Angeles after touring the east coast telling jokes. I was exhausted and existentially pissed that I was flying from New York to Los Angeles on Delta Airlines. I never fly on Delta because it's expensive and I'm an immigrant who rescues restaurant napkins. The only reason I was on this flight was because I had to use flight credit after paying a two hundred dollar refund penalty. I’m a self-employed stand up comedian. I never waste money like that.
As you know, October 24 is National Take Your Ethnic Food To Work Day! (Actually, Phil Yu and I decided to just declare it. Now, it's a thing!) This is your annual opportunity bring your stankiest ethnic food to the workplace. No judgement! Organize a lunchtime potluck for your office and share photos of you, your coworkers, and funkiest food using the hashtag #foodtowork.
Had to cancel my Sonoma #WineCountryComedyFest trip due to personal ish. Sorry if you got tickets for tonight and tomorrow. Promise I'll be back in wine country soon.
In the meantime, tryna remember this quote from my recent @lpjleague trip to a #wholewomenshealth reproductive health clinic in South Bend Indiana that hasn't been able to open its doors and serve local women because of anti-abortion, anti-women policies in the state of Indiana. Let's keep each other strong so we can outjoy and outfight our enemies.
Well well well...look at us. @nytimes LINK IN MY IG STORIES. Tickets for next Wed July 25 #LosAngeles #DisorientedComedy show NOW! disorientedcomedy.com At the show we announcing our official 2018 #ComedyComedyFest dates!!!
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