Ali Wong on Are You There, Chelsea?

In case you missed it, funny-as-hell stand-up comedian and one of BCB’s fave people was on the TeeVee last night: Ali Wong!

Yesterday at the gym, while shambling half-assedly on the treadmill trying to ignore the smell of man farts to my left, I let out a HOLLA when I caught Ali’s lovely mug — as Chelsea’s best friend “Olivia” — on the pilot episode of Are You There, Chelsea? 

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I’m a fan of both foul-mouthed babes, so it makes me all a-flutter to see Ali and Chelsea together, At Last! And she gets some serious screen time, so a big congrats to Ali.

Kristin Kreuk on Chuck. Boyhood Dreams Come True

Although Smallville started sucking the last, ohhh, 5 years, one thing remained constant: the hotness of Kristin Kreuk. I couldn’t stand her in the arms of Lex Luther (hell, I couldn’t stand her in the arms of Clark Kent either), so I stopped watching despite Lois Lang also being almost as hot. But KK went on to better things (yes, I gave a RAVING review of Chung Li: The Street Fighter Story, cause they just don’t make em like they used to now that Seagal and Van Damme are irreverent). Now this Vancouver native is finally leaving her Chinese Canadian roots and REALLY entering Hollywood by showing up in a cameo on Chuck (Smallville was filmed in Vancouver. nerds). So check her out here while Hulu still has her episodes up. And maybe now that she’s actually physically in California my chances of wifeying the KK jump from 0.000002% to 0.00001%.

AzN doesn't like her in the arms of Chuck either.

Justin Lin Likes F’N with Me

Seriously Justin, you play with my feelings like she-who-shall-not-be-named an ex-girlfriend. You make Better Luck Tomorrow which started out great, but rabbit-holes into some crazy shit (AND you kill John Cho). Then you take hold of my favorite movie franchise to hate/love, Fast & the Furious, and actually make it tongue-in-cheek better. So what’s next? More indie Asian American films that’ll play only in Seattle, SF, LA, and NY? Or more commercial fare that’ll probably be crap/good and include random Sung Kang cameos? No, you decide to direct a TV show. Not just any show, but the best new show on the telly, NBC’s Community. You direct just two, and they happen to be the best two episodes of that show. Ever. But then you get nominated for an NAACP image award for the Halloween special. True, the reason why is mostly acting and writing, as you can tell from these clips from those episodes:

Interpretive Dance
Introduction to Statistics

but directing’s got something to do with it, no? And let’s not get into you casting BcB favorite Dustin Nguyen in Finishing the Game…

(quick sidenote: Does anyone else find it coincidental that Lauren Stamile, the Statistics teacher, is only in two Community episodes so far, both of which directed by Justin Lin, and was on Off-Centre with John Cho while Justin Lin directed John Cho in Better Luck Tomorrow???)

But now this. Just when I thought you couldn’t be beat. HIGHLANDER. GOD DAMN FREAKIN’ MUTHAFN’ HIGHLANDER. The smell of the VHS of Highlander is still fresh in my mind. The cover to Highlander II: The Quickening is still imprinted into my brain. And well, but the time Highlander III: The Sorcerer came out,  I was already hooked, despite the shitty TV show adaptation. Justin Lin, you are directing Highlander, and the only equivalent shock and awe and awesomeness I can compare this to is when I found out John Cho was gonna be Sulu in Star Trek. Yea, I said it.

So good luck Justin. And no, I’ll save the THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE LINE for another post when the movie comes out. I just ask you one thing. Sung Kang, long hair, long sword, not just a cameo, but a real role, a live forever role where he can kick ass for a full 2 hours before maybe getting his head chopped off. Nobly of course. Thanks, I’d appreciate it.

There can only be one ... Sung Kang in every Justin Lin movie.

Just One Example of Ken Jeong Not Sucking (Plus a Course on Scene Stealing by Danny Pudi)

I haven’t been too kind on Ken Jeong and his proclivity to choose characters that don’t cast the kindest light on Asian American folks (I’ve always wanted to use the word proclivity in a sentence btw, did I even use it right?). You can see BcB attack his ass here and here and even as a guest blogger on Goatmilk. But GD, I am completely into the show, Community, which has THE best ensemble cast since HIMYM. I even HATE the lead actor, Joel McHale from Talk Soup. But I am loving the new Elizabeth Shue and the OCD having Abed (with Asperger’s Syndrome) all going to community college and meeting up as a Spanish study group (Head of the Class meets Breakfast Club divided by any scene in Arrested Development where Michael Cera and Maybe are coming home or going to school).

A quick note about Abed, the fast-talking half Palestinian film student, played by Danny Pudi. He could have easily been the most offensive character, I personally don’t think he is (Salon agrees). Instead, he gets the last laugh, steals pretty much every scene, and we end up being treated to some pretty funny, weird shit about growing up half Arabic with an iron-fisted father: Abed’s student film. Although I welcome comments from folks who probably notice all the brown jokes.

AzN has this H&M hoodie in blue, Cbruhs has hers in brown. You should probably get one too.

AzN has this H&M hoodie in blue, Cbruhs has hers in brown. You should probably get one too.

But maybe the biggest reason I’m diggin this show is cause there hasn’t been much Ken Jeong yet, except for this, which I actually liked (a first for me and KJ here):

For those that HAVE watched this show (Hulu.com), hands down, the best part are the end credit scenes, which will reach SNL Digital Short status as soon as the fan base grows:

La Biblioteca:
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This is Krumping:
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NBC’s Trauma: There Ain’t No Asian Folks in SF

I say it every damn time when there’s a show based in SF, THERE HAS TO BE SOME ASIAN FOLKS IN THE DAMN SHOW IF ITS FILMED IN SF!!! (Full House- not including Chief, Charmed, Nash Bridges – and no, Kelly Hu on 9 episodes with Don Johnson don’t count). At least there’s some brown folks in the show, that helps, I guess!

Domestic Crusaders in NYC and on NBC

Not sure what it is about an all-boys Jesuit catholic high school in Silicon Valley that can turn out a non-practicing lost-the-faith Catholic like myself and a devote Muslim American who writes an extrodinary play like the Domestic Crusaders. Fr. Murphy and co didn’t sell us on the priesthood that well I guess…

Either way, their loss is your gain as Wajahat Ali from Goatmilk fame, frequent blogger on the always correct HuffPo dot com, has a play opening up in NYC on September 11th (which we’ve promoted and fundraised for in the past). Info on tickets and showtimes can be found here. Peep Waj on NBC Weekend Today if you’d like to see him blink 188 times in 4 minutes (he pointed this out, and I’m just sayin’).

Times like this, I wish I could be in NYC, the most ideal place for a play with this message. I’ve seen it 2 times already, you won’t be disappointed.

And props to Rusty for doing a kickass poster design.

To All My Bored (and cheap) Asian Brothas and Sistahs

At home on an inordinately gloomy and rainy New York Sunday? Order some delivery food, open a bottle of wine, go to Hulu.com and check out Sandra Oh playing a single mom raising a daughter who’s getting into Chinese magical luck charms in what appears to be a Chinese Canadian community in Vancouver, B.C:

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity
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Oh, you want something lighthearted and doesn’t involve working class Chinese folks played by the “oh no you didn’t just pour soy sauce on my ish” lady from Joy Luck Club or the creepy Chinese dude with way too much botox and hair plugs from Alias, Kiss of the Dragon, and the Corruptor? Then see John Cho as Teddy Wong, the Chinese seafood specialist, in 10 episodes of the short lived comedy: Kitchen Confidential.

Click on the lobster to see all Kitchen Confidential episodes.

Click on the lobster to see all Kitchen Confidential episodes.

Both the movie (Sandra Oh works at a dim sum joint) and the show (John Cho gets lured to work in a new restaurant because he’s offered visas for all his chinese chefs) have their faults. But they have their moments.