Jenny Yang is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based standup comedian, content creator, comedy tour and festival organizer, speaker, and professional opinion-haver best known for her viral comedy videos and satirical pop culture and political commentary.
Jenny Yang is a former labor organizer turned standup comedian, writer and actor. She is a staff writer and performer for late-night talk show Busy Tonight on E!. Jenny produces the Disoriented Comedy tour and The Comedy Comedy Festival. In 2016, President Obama honored her as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership in Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.
Jenny Yang is a standup comedian, and staff writer and performer for the late-night talk show Busy Tonight on E!. She has created digital videos at JennyYang.TV and with Buzzfeed, Comedy Central, Fusion, Funny or Die and Cracked.com. Jenny’s viral social media commentary has been covered by media outlets including The New York Times, Variety, NBC News, LA Times, Perez Hilton, National Public Radio, BBC News, Vice News, Mic.com, Complex magazine, Refinery29, Buzzfeed News and Upworthy.
Jenny performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and tours colleges and universities throughout the United States. She has appeared on popular podcasts such as Lady to Lady, Lovett or Leave It, Put Your Hands Together, Yo! Is this racist?, and Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai. Jenny is the director of the Disoriented Comedy tour and The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival.
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Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor, stand up comedian, staff writer and performer for late-night talk show Busy Tonight on E! She 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. Jenny is also the creator of the viral Bad Appetite Magazine comedy videos that skewer food and "foodie" culture with a satirical edge (#HowToEatPBJ / #FoodToWork).
In 2016, Jenny was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership in Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. In 2015, she was dubbed one of Los Angeles' "most fascinating people" in LA Weekly's annual "People" issue. Jenny is a Creative Change fellow with The Opportunity Agenda and a Google Next Generation Leader.
Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny is a frequent collaborator on viral videos with Buzzfeed and Fusion that have amassed over 35 million combined views, and actor in digital projects from Comedy Central, Funny or Die, MTV, Sourcefed/Nuclear Family, and Cracked.com.
Drawing from her former career in politics, Jenny is a regular commentator on politics and pop culture with contributions featured in The New York Times, Variety, National Public Radio, MSNBC, The Guardian, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Complex Magazine, Southern California Public Radio, Lovett or Leave it podcast, South by Southwest, BlogHer, and numerous college and industry panels. (jennyyang.tv @jennyyangtv)
Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor, stand up comedian, and staff writer and performer for the late-night talk show Busy Tonight on E!. She 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" (over 30 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”, "Badass Bitches of History"), 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 is a Creative Change fellow with The Opportunity Agenda and a Google Next Generation Leader.
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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