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HOW I GOT #AzizAnsari TO BRING ME COOKIES AND MILK [JENNYYANG.TV BLOG]

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HOW I GOT #AzizAnsari TO BRING ME COOKIES AND MILK [JENNYYANG.TV BLOG]

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.

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Thanks to thousands of people+Margaret Cho, The #ComedyComedyFest was MAAAAGICAL

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Thanks to thousands of people+Margaret Cho, The #ComedyComedyFest was MAAAAGICAL

When you're self-employed like I am and doing this weird career called "comedy," it's hard to mark how much forward movement is happening. But I can definitely call it: envisioning and executing our little Comedy Comedy Festival (instagram: itscomedycomedy. twitter: itscomedycomedy) last month was a clear milestone for my career.

No one is opening doors for us so we have to create our own damn house.

We created an Asian American comedy festival because there are so many of us grinding at the craft and hustle of the funny business. So why not bring some shine to it and connect all of our audiences?

Four days. Over 1,000 tickets sold. Hundreds of Asian American comedic performers and writers. over 20 volunteers. Done. And done.

Another personal milestone for me was getting to share the stage with comedy legend and awesome inspiration herself, Margaret Cho. Margaret was our surprise headliner at the big Saturday night standup comedy show, Disoriented Comedy, held at the Tateuchi Forum at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo Los Angeles. It was the three-year anniversary of our mostly female, Asian American standup comedy tour and we finally fulfilled our original dream of having Margaret Cho be a part of our lineup. AHHHHHH!!!! Three years later, we did it!

She had an electric comedy set and gave the most sincere and heartfelt remarks about how much seeing our show of awesome Asian American women + D'Lo meant to her personally. 

I was floating on air.

Here are some photos of that night. More photos and video! to come!

 Photo: Sophia J. Chang

Photo: Sophia J. Chang

 Photo: Jenny Yang. Those are tears in my eyes from Margaret's heartfelt comments.

Photo: Jenny Yang. Those are tears in my eyes from Margaret's heartfelt comments.


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