- First-look images of Netflix’s upcoming workplace comedy series starring Randall Park were released on Friday.
- The series follows Timmy Yoon (Park), who is described as an “analog dreamer living in a 5G world.”
- Timmy and his staff fight to stay relevant after finding out that their Blockbuster location is the last one standing in the country.
- The 10-episode series will be released on Netflix on Nov. 3.
Dancing on the grave of its predecessor, Netflix is releasing a new workplace comedy series titled “Blockbuster,” set in America’s very last Blockbuster store prior to the video rental company’s demise.
First-look images of the upcoming show, starring Randall Park, were released on Friday.
- Tina Fey is facing backlash after a TikTok user uploaded videos showing instances where the actor-screenwriter made jokes targeting Asian people.
- A clip from a 2014 interview with Jimmy Fallon is shown in one of the videos, where Fey is heard comparing her then 2-year-old daughter’s speech mannerisms with those of “a prostitute in a Vietnam movie.”
- TikTok user @Buiside, who uploaded the videos, also pointed out instances of similar offensive jokes in projects that Fey wrote and/or starred in including “Mean Girls” (2004), “Sisters” (2015) and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (2015).
- “If you want to know why racism is so normalized in the U.S., it’s because of people like her. And how she portrays Asian people in her media. It’s disrespectful,” he said.
Tina Fey is facing backlash after TikTok videos showing the comedian-actor making Asian people the butt of her jokes and purportedly normalizing anti-Asian racism went viral.
TikTok user @Buiside uploaded the videos earlier this month.
- In a hilarious bit, comedian Jason Cheny addresses Asian American arrogance and asks “why Asian [Americans] have to hate on other Asians” in a video posted to his TikTok account.
- In a clip shared on Wednesday, Cheny points to an audience member and asks, “What’s your ethnic background?”
- “You’re American obviously, yes?” Cheny notes before getting a response.
- “‘Cause they always give you grief,” he explains to the audience. “Like sometimes I ask an Asian person, ‘Where you from?’ They’re like, ‘Uh America, land of the free. Where are you from?’”
- Cheney is a Taiwanese American standup comedian based in Los Angeles who is currently on tour. He has stops lined up until April 2023 and appears to be adding more shows.
Comedian Jason Cheny asks “why Asian [Americans] have to hate on other Asians” in a video posted to his TikTok account.
In a clip of his act shared on Wednesday, Cheny points to an audience member and asks, “What’s your ethnic background?”
‘We love free sh*t’: Comedian Irene Tu is unafraid of poking fun at her Chinese background in new album
- Stand-up comedian Irene Tu released her first album, titled “We’re Done Now,” last week on her website.
- The 15-track album is composed of material compiled over a span of a decade and is nothing short of hilarious.
- Crowned one of Vulture’s “Comedians You Should and Will Know in 2019” prior to the pandemic, the Chicago native has since opened for big industry names, such as fellow stand-up comedian and close friend Taylor Tomlinson.
- Tu’s album humorously covers a wide range of topics — everything from “Coming Out” as gay to her mom (Track 4 on the album), to liking “Boring Sex,” to being a “Single Juggler,” all with a fresh twist.
- When asked to describe her comedy style in one sentence, Tu replies: “I hate describing my own comedy but… I would say in general it’s like if Larry David was a millennial and very dark.”
- Tu is currently on tour and is next scheduled to perform in Boulder on April 11 and Chicago from April 12 through 16.
Full of material compiled over the span of a decade, stand-up comedian Irene Tu’s new 15-track album is nothing short of hilarious.
A Chicago native, Tu has performed on big platforms such as “The Drew Barrymore Talk Show” and Comedy Central’s “Clusterfest.” She released her first album, titled “We’re Done Now,” late last month on her website.
- Chinese Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, better known as his Uncle Roger persona, received online backlash for promoting his world standup tour in a tweet referencing Ukraine.
- “Adding some Ukraine dates to my Haiyaa world tour! Stay tuned…” he joked with a laughing emoji after Russia had launched an invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24.
- Many netizens deemed the joke as insensitive, with Twitter users telling him to apologize.
- Uncle Roger is currently on his “Haiyaa World Tour,” which has dates set across the U.K., North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
Comedian Nigel Ng, better known as Uncle Roger, received online backlash following an insensitive tweet referencing Ukraine.
The 30-year-old Chinese Malaysian stand-up comedian took to Twitter to promote his world tour on Feb. 24, just after Russia had launched an invasion into Ukraine, by posting, “Adding some Ukraine dates to my Haiyaa world tour! Stay tuned…” along with a laughing emoji.
A Black comedian has come under fire over a sketch about a “Blasian” restaurant that shows her donning a traditional Chinese costume and speaking in a mock Asian accent.
Kinigra Deon first posted “Welcome to Ki-Mon Chi Blasian House” in February, but the skit recently resurfaced among Asian community groups on Facebook.
“Fresh Off The Boat” and “Always Be My Maybe” star, Randall Park, has been tapped to co-host a hybrid alternative-scripted series called “True Story.”
Park will be joined by “The Office” and “The Hangover” star Ed Helms in the comedic series, according to Deadline.
Comedian Kristina Wong‘s award-winning web series that empowers Asian American children to embrace their identities and support timely social movements is now out for its second season.
“Radical Cram School,” featuring Wong, Asian American children and plenty of puppets, dropped six new episodes on Jan. 16, covering topics from gun control to undocumented immigration to gender identity.
“Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” has been greenlit for a second season.
Comedy Central broke the news on Tuesday, one week before the show’s Season 1 premiere.
Netflix made Ronny Chieng change the title of his upcoming special because “nobody knows” him, the comedian said in a new interview.
His stand-up tour, which premieres next week, ultimately went with “Asian Comedian Destroys America!” — a fitting choice as he continues to break Asian stereotypes since “The Daily Show” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Netflix has more exciting things lined up for Ali Wong fans.
After the massive success of Wong’s 2016 stand-up special “Baby Cobra” and last year’s “Hard Knock Wife,” the comedian is set to do two new stand-up specials for the streaming service.
Ming-Na Wen has been tapped to guest-star in Comedy Central’s “Awkwafina is Nora from Queens,” an upcoming series loosely based on Awkwafina’s — or Nora Lum’s — life growing up in outer-borough New York City.
The “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star, who was recently cast in “Star Wars: The Mandalorian,” will play Sandra, Nora’s “bohemian, earthy and spiritual aunt who comes for a visit,” according to TV Line.