Crazy Talented Asians & Friends: An Evening of Live Comedy – Triumphing Over Quarantine!

SAT, APR 17, 2021
8:00 PM

The event will be streamed live on Flushing Town Hall's YouTube channel. RSVP NOW to receive the stream link and get a reminder!

Flushing Town Hall is proud to present its second iteration of Crazy Talented Asians & Friends, a live comedy showcase of Asian American performers. With the global COVID pandemic in its 2nd year, this exciting, energetic virtual program will chronicle how these artists are triumphing over their quarantine struggles through stand-up, sketch, and storytelling. Hosted by Chinese-American comedy sweetheart, Otter Lee and featuring rising East and South Asian comedy talents with a wide range of comedic voices, the festivities are sure to make for an exciting hour of programming and a dazzling part of your April. While the performers are aware that FTH curates many performances for families throughout their regular calendar, the show has a recommended audience age of 13 and over!

The program will pay a special tribute to NYC’s Chinatown and renowned photographer Corky Lee.

Please support our crazy talented Asian artists on our GoFundMe page. We believe that Asian American artists and their stories need to be heard and be cherished even more.  Your support will fund CTAF programs, including the honorarium for the artists, marketing and production costs. 

Crazy Talented Asians & Friends (CTAF) is a community-led program series dedicated to works by Asian Americans—to showcase the diverse creativity and impact this community has to offer, while bringing together families, friends, and audiences from different backgrounds to celebrate their stories.


Artist bio:

Otter Lee is an actor, playwright, comedian, and voiceover artist born and raised in New York City. He currently plays Otter Lin on Stephen Colbert Presents: Tooning Out the News, a political cartoon on Paramount+ that airs as part of The Late Show. Otter co-produced, hosted, and took the stage for New York City’s First Asian Comedy Festival at the PIT in January 2020. His sketch, standup, and improv have appeared at such venues as the Upright Citizens Brigade, Face-Off Unlimited, Caveat, Union Hall, The Magnet, The Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and Buzzfeed. Otter’s performances and projects have been written up and featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, AsianCrush, and World Journal.

Jatin Chhugani is a Brooklyn based comedian and writer. He is a founding member of Overstep Comedy, a NY-based Asian American sketch team. Jatin has performed in several virtual stand-up shows throughout the Covid pandemic. He was recently featured on Buzzfeed India for a meme about the Netflix show Indian Matchmaking.

Patricia Dinglasan is a stand-up comedian performing anywhere she can during the pandemic. Her comedy videos “Mom-Lan”, “Fashion Looks for Remote Learning” and tweets appeared on WhoHaHa and her stand up was featured in The Fil-Am, A Magazine for Filipino Americans.

Vivek Netrakanti is a writer and stand up comedian. He produces and performs in the show Token White Guy at Carolines on Broadway as well as Q.E.D. He has also been a featured performer for the NYC Asian Comedy Festival as well as stand up at Broadway Comedy Club, the Upright Citizens Brigade, the Magnet Theater, Caveat, and the People’s Improv Theater among other locations. He has written and performed sketch comedy as part of the collective Boogiemanja and he has also written sketches for Upright Citizens Brigade and the Magnet Theater.

Becky Yamamoto is a comedian, actor and writer. Her webseries UNINSPIRED was an official NYTVF selection and received acclaim from The Onion AV Club, Indiewire, Mic, Bust and Glamour. She also co-wrote and costarred in 2 Chans with Meghan O’Neill which won Best Actress (Comedy) at NYTVF. She has appeared in independent films such as Fort Tilden (SXSW Grand Jury Prize Winner) and 3rd St. Blackout (LA Film Festival) as well as Younger (TV Land).

Angel Yau is a comedian, storyteller, actor and filmmaker from Queens, New York. She started her comedy career (unintentionally) in high school when she ran for school council. From then she knew how to laugh at herself. She founded Asian American Film Thing, an all AAPI film show where filmmakers are encouraged to show Work in Progress.  She is also proudly in the all-woman, all Asian-American musical comedy, AzN PoP! Angel just had a BBC short doc out on being a comedian dealing with mental health.  Angel's dream is to have a special with her animations, comedy acts and her pug, Mush!

Overstep Comedy is an indie sketch team dedicated to increasing representation in comedy and amplifying the voices of Asian-Americans in entertainment. Pre-pandemic life: The team regularly sold out live performances in New York, including shows as a headliner of the first-ever Asian Comedy Festival at the People’s Improv Theater (2020) and as a featured act at Sketchfest at the PIT (2019). Overstep Comedy went virtual in 2020 with sketches featured in virtual shows with the PIT, Seattle Sketchfest. Overstep has been featured in The New York Times and Time Out New York. The group also writes and produces digital shorts for their YouTube channel.

Crazy Talented Asians & Friends: An Evening of Live Comedy – Triumphing Over Quarantine! is sponsored by a generous anonymous donor. Flushing Town Hall thanks the sponsor and the numerous community volunteers and viewers for your strong support.

LOCATION:  FTH at HOME (Virtual Venue)



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