Poke-A-Pella

Good job Danny Fong.

OhEmGee — I like to dance too Danny!! Where were you when I was in high school? I woulda totally asked you to Tolo and then treated you to a magical bounty of surf ‘n’ turf at The Sizzler and plied you with all the Kahlua your tween heart desired, sneaked from my parent’s booze bin. Actually, my game hasn’t changed much over the last 10 years.

Since I pride myself on journalistic integrity and thorough-ness, Danny, I clicked through to your profile. Your profile name is:  “daniscool99”.  Wowee! 99 also holds significance for me, as it’s the year I graduated…from…shaddup. But what is this “99” of yours? Sweet Jay-zusss, is that your birth year?! And now I’m going to stop looking at your profile.

Um anyhoo, someone get this delightful embryo on Glee or something. Maybe cool it with the V-necks tho, Danny boy.

via Buzzfeed

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BCB Movie Review: Karate Kid

Oh hey there! By this point, are you tired of hearing all the flap about what a crap fiesta The Karate Kid remake is? I don’t know about you, but I don’t even need to see it to be convinced: TWO THUMBS DOOOWWWN!  Welp, since there’s nothing I can possibly add to the dialogue, I will just leave you with this:

And also, this:

Yes, unconditional regard can be unhealthy. For your eyeballs.

Christ almighty the Pinkett-Smith kids look obnoxious. Somebody gong that child’s outfit, please. Or um, shoko it. Whatever.

Quick! Name ten things that aren’t Jackie Chan! Harder than it looks, eh smartass?

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Top Ten Asian American Comedians of All Time

Re-posting this piece written by David Fung from MakeitintheMotherland.com. I’m not necessarily familiar with the work of every one of these comedians, but wanted to cross-post nonetheless.

Weigh in on your fave API comedians in the comments (I’d like to add Sheng Wang and Ali Wong to the list. Just sayin’!)

Top Ten Asian Comedians of All Time

For the past few decades, steady progress has been made in one of the last frontiers of Asian American occupation: the entertainment industry.  More recently, things seem to be approaching a tipping point – with Asian comedians boldly leading the way.  Comedy has the unique ability to bring audiences across racial barriers to come together and is the first genre to experience breakthroughs.  Asian comedians are beginning to get more leading and supporting roles in Hollywood, with increasing diversity in characters.  The internet has been crucial in the discovery and dissemination of new Asian comics, allowing some to cater entirely to Asian audiences and sustain a career.  The Asian comedians on this list range from the goofy, to the nerdy, to the intelligent and everything in between.  Some play to the mainstream, others to ethnic niches or both.  But they all have one thing in common: in an Asian American entertainment scene where the odds are stacked against you, the following ten comics have left their mark.

10.  Jo Koy

Asian connection: Jo Koy is half-Filipino and originally from Tacoma, Washington but started his career in Las Vegas.  He often touches on race, stereotypes, growing up with a Filipino mother and does various accents.

Jo Koy reminds you of your funny friend who always got told they should be a comedian, except that Jo actually followed the advice and became a star.  Armed with a frenetic physical style that reminds you of Dane Cook but with Carlos Mencia’s material, his ethnic jokes are definitely surface level (i.e. Asians can’t drive, Mexicans don’t have insurance) but are often based on solid observation (his bit on the questionable service at Chinese restaurants is on point).  The most notable thing about Koy’s act is its universal appeal – he makes fun of every single group and manages to do it without being offensive.

Final word: Jo Koy is the type of comedian who grows on you as you watch more of his material.  His act is nothing groundbreaking but he is a very solid comedian who could perform his act in front of both mainstream and Asian audiences without having to change a single joke.

Check out: Jo Koy – Performs at the Laugh Factory

9.  Kal Penn

Asian connection: Kal Penn is an Indian-American who is best known for his role as Kumar in the “Harold and Kumar” comedy movie series.  His ethnicity often plays a part in the joke but is rarely the punchline.  Ironically, his Indian accent impersonation is quite bad.

Kal Penn was the first Indian-American to play a major character on Hollywood screens.  Not a stand-up comedian but a comedic actor, Kal plays the sly frat-house-but-smart persona to perfection.  Kal’s strength is his ability to craft a hilarious but believable character that can transcend race without completely ignoring it.  Everyone knows somebody who acts like Kumar, which makes the character more hilarious – even if it’s the only one he ever plays.  Plus he gets points for putting a hold on his lucrative acting career to serve as part of the Obama Administration and also having taught a class at the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania.

Final word: Kal Penn reminds me of Ben Stiller.  He’s making audiences of every background laugh by playing a character that’s easy to relate to.

Check out: Kal Penn – Harold and Kumar: Weed

8.  Rex Navarette

Asian connection: Rex was originally born in the Philippines but raised in the Bay Area.  All of his jokes are geared towards a Filipino audience, often going in-depth into the culture, history, and of course – the Filipino accent.

Significance: Rex Navarette started his career in 1989 and was the first Asian comedian to ever sustain a career doing shows for a predominantly non-white audience.  In his many years on scene, Rex has become a legend in the Filipino community (while remaining relatively unknown outside of it) for his hilarious parodies of working-class citizens which are intended to educate as much as they were supposed to make you laugh.  Even those who are not Filipino can relate to the spot-on accents and 1st-generation immigrant characterizations.

Final word: Rex Naverette is the first Asian comedian who did comedy directly targeted for Asians and may be the only Asian comedian more popular in his motherland than in America.

Check out: Rex Naverette – SBC Packers

Read the rest of David’s Top 10 (including Aziz Ansari, Henry Cho, and Dat Phan) here.

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MJ: One Year Out

In memoriam, a vid of an NYC subway sing-a-long and dance tribute to the King of Pop. This time last year I was running around the streets of Denver with Noms in disbelief — telling random passerby the sad news. One year later, I appreciate this spirit of celebration and for once, actually wish I was on the L train.

Who knew the L could inspire anything other than barfing in your mouth from the fumes of pretentiousness? Whee! — look how pleased white dude in the blue polo is (also – never seen so many non-white folks and uber hipsters on the L — geez there’s at least 5 of them, you guys!). RIP MJ.

via fourfour

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Friday Fuckery: Jersey Twilight

I am unabashedly and unapologetically a fan of Jersey Shore. You can throw shade all you want, that shit is addicting. And now that summer is here, I plan to make my own personal pilgrimage to Seaside so I can feel like I’m living in a TV show and see how many blow-outs I can get my fingers caught in. Any joiners?

I will also admit that I made it through the first Twilight book, and although I hate everything about it and the travesty it’s made out of the vampire genre, I’ll gladly pay $15 to watch every movie in the theatre —  because between Taylor Lautner’s underage abs and the zealous commentary of rabid Twihards — that is great entertainment, my friends. And worth every penny.

So I’m pretty excited to re-post this delightful, synergistic mash-up of two pop culture boils on the ass of humanity. To get your weekend started off right. Friggin’ enjoy! xoxo,

C BRO-WOWW

via Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Happy Hour with CACF this Sunday!

Hey kids! Why not celebrate the Lord’s Day and general FIFA madness with an open bar? Plus CACF’s Action Council is recruiting for next year — so come on through if you want to learn more about supporting advocacy for Asian American communities in NY, and get acquainted with current members such as myself. And Verlaine has the best ginger Bloody Marys and lychee martinis in town. Truth.

Interested in becoming more involved in the Asian Pacific American community?
The Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) Action Council invites you to a happy hour at:

Verlaine

110 Rivington @ Essex St
Sunday June 27th
5 to 8 pm
Open Bar from 5 to 6 pm!

Come learn more about the Action Council and how you can get involved. Meet members of the current Action Council and learn about our upcoming projects!

Questions: actioncouncil@cacf.org; www.cacf.org

The Action Council is a group of young professionals who support and raise awareness for CACF’s mission & goals.

CACF is the nation’s only pan-Asian children’s advocacy nonprofit organization. CACF aims to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families across New York City.

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