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Look, ma. The White House says I'm a Champion of Change. [jennyyang.tv blog]

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Look, ma. The White House says I'm a Champion of Change. [jennyyang.tv blog]

This Wednesday, I'm getting an award from The White House (yes as in POTUS, Barry, #44). Most of my family and I will be at The White House for a special ceremony and reception. It's all very surreal.

Technically, the award is called "White House Champions of Change for Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling."

It's a tremendous honor, for sure. But I'm having strange fears and anxieties around it!

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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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*gasp* AUG 27-30 IM ORGANIZING AN ASIAN AMERICAN COMEDY FESTIVAL

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*gasp* AUG 27-30 IM ORGANIZING AN ASIAN AMERICAN COMEDY FESTIVAL

WHAT WAS I THINKING?

Well. I wanted to pull together all of my favorite Asian American comedic talent! So our amazing friends at Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Kollaboration, Artists At Play, The Always Summer Project, and venue sponsor the Japanese American National Museum joined forces with us at Disoriented Comedy to start the first-ever THE COMEDY COMEDY FESTIVAL: A COMEDY FESTIVAL! Ohhh yeaaaah. So many awesome shows but the big show is on Saturday, August 29th, 8:30PM at the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM in Little Tokyo Los Angeles!

It's the 3-Year anniversary show for Disoriented Comedy! Yes! We are 3 years old and have produced over 40 comedy and storytelling shows throughout the country! 

Here's the thing: We have 2 surprise standup up comics who are basically OUR S/HEROES! You can probably guess who they are...(wink wink) but we cannot publicly advertise it. Just be sure to get your Festival Passes for Saturday to ensure seating! http://comedycomedyfest.com!

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