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Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor and stand up comedian who produces the first-ever, mostly female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Disoriented Comedy, and The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival, a comedy festival showcasing the best in Asian American comedic talent. In 2016, Jenny was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.
Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny is a frequent collaborator on viral videos with Buzzfeed and Fusion that have amassed over 30 million combined views, and actor in digital projects from Comedy Central, Funny or Die, Sourcefed/Nuclear Family, and Cracked.com. In 2015, she was dubbed one of Los Angeles' "most fascinating people" in LA Weekly's annual "People" issue.
Drawing from her former career in politics, Jenny is a regular commentator on politics and pop culture with contributions featured in National Public Radio, The Guardian, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Complex Magazine, and Southern California Public Radio. (jennyyang.tv @jennyyangtv)
Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor and stand up comedian who produces the first-ever (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Disoriented Comedy and has been a writer and performer on the viral Fusion and Buzzfeed videos including "Ways Our Asian Moms Say 'I Love You'," "If Asians Said the Stuff White People Say" (nearly 20 million views), "What if Adults had Tantrums Like Toddlers?" and the "Ask An Asian" video series. She has also made appearances on digital platforms for Comedy Central (“White Flight”), Funny or Die, Cracked.com, Anna Akana, and Whitney Rice. Jenny is also the creator of the viral Bad Appetite Magazine comedy videos that skewer food and "foodie" culture and politics (#HowToEatPBJ // #FoodToWork).
In 2016, Jenny was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.
Jenny was dubbed one of Los Angeles' "most fascinating people" of 2015 in LA Weekly's annual "People" issue. She was also a featured standup comic on Joan Rivers' 2013 Showtime documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women.
In 2015, Jenny produced the first-annual The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival, an Asian American comedy festival featuring the best emerging and veteran standup, sketch, improv and writing talent
Her work and commentary have appeared in media outlets including National Public Radio, The Guardian, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Complex Magazine, Southern California Public Radio, Pivot TV's Take Part Live, Bitch Magazine, Colorlines, Racialicious, and AdWeek.
Jenny entertains indie, comedy club and college audiences with her biting social commentary, engaging delivery, and high-energy stage persona.
Jenny was born in Taiwan and raised in Southern California, a native Mandarin Chinese speaker and fluent in conversational Spanish. Before her start in comedy and while most of her young peers engaged in reckless behavior for sport, Jenny dedicated herself to the Los Angeles labor movement, graduated top of her class in political science at Swarthmore College, completed the prestigious Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs, and was awarded the PPIA Fellowship for a Master’s in urban planning at UCLA.
Jenny's comedy has also been featured on Ora TV's topical comedy show, Headline Punchline, and Lady Parts Justice comedy videos about reproductive health and justice (Lady Parts Justice is the brainchild of Comedy Central's The Daily Show co-creator, Lizz Winstead).
Jenny's writing is featured in Alisha Gaddis' Women's Comedic Monologues that are Actually Funny by Hal Leonard Applause Books (now available).
As a co-producer and performer on the (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Disoriented Comedy, Jenny has independently produced over sixty live, standup comedy shows since July of 2012, successfully selling out theaters and comedy venues and bringing standing-room only shows to colleges and universities throughout the country (disorientedcomedy.com).
With a background in both advocacy politics and live-event entertainment, Jenny has become a sought-after host for mission-driven organizations throughout Southern California. Leading non-profit groups often seek Jenny to host their gala fundraisers and high-visibility programming when they need a communications professional who is able to strike just the right balance of levity and seriousness. A partial list of clients include the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in Washington, DC, The Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach (APILO) in San Francisco, CA, Hyphen Magazine and Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, CA, The Orange County Labor Council, Project by Project-Los Angeles, The San Diego Asian Film Festival, Visual Communications, Kollaboration Global, The Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles, The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum of San Francisco, The Asian Professional Exchange of Los Angeles, and The Asian Business League of Los Angeles.
Jenny has become a reliable resource for academics, professional groups, and student organizations looking to inspire and educate on issues including: Asian Americans in entertainment and media, women in comedy, ethnic comedy and humor, and finding your voice and career after college. She has presented at educational institutions such as UCLA, UC Berkeley, Yale University, Dartmouth College, University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota, Rice University, University of Southern California, Wellesley College, Syracuse University, Swarthmore College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Fresno State University, UC Riverside, UC Davis, the Claremont Colleges, and Loyola Marymount University.
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