THE WONG IN REVIEW FOR 2014….
December 26th, 2014 → Leave a comment
It’s been a tumultuous year in the world. On the bright side, my mother has stopped nagging me that I need to be “more like Bill Cosby”.
Allow me to do a circle jerk of one as I offer 15 more highlights from my 2014…
I didn’t flip any tables. But I turned some tables on yellow fever dudes with HILARIOUS RESULTS. This episode is the most watched on MyxTV! And yes, you can only watch it from a desktop or laptop.
2. Marched for 4.5 hours, across 10.5 miles because #BlackLivesMatter
So much of the last two years have had me re-evaluating my work and relationships with the Black community (both in America and Uganda), considering what privilege I have even as someone who is of a marginalized identity here, and what privilege I can cede to recenter the most silenced of voices within the Black community. I’ve been thinking how my own work and humor (which is drawn so much out of my own life and politics) contributes (or hinders) the liberation and re-centering of black lives consistently left behind by the progress of social justice movements.
3. Got a lot of writing done at Montalvo Arts Center!
I spent most of this summer in the middle of the woods (in Silicon Valley) in a gorgeous studio, writing down everything I remembered from my trip to Uganda and creating the spine for my new solo show. I ended up with 250 pages that looked like one hell of a memoir. From those pages, I pulled the best stuff to turn into this play I’m making now… The Wong Street Journal.
Check out this really ridiculous episode of MYX TV’s Eat Your Words where I make sushi with character actor Rodney Kageyama.
5. Gave the Commencement Speech at UCLA (again!).
If you ever wanted to see me dressed like Harry Potter crying like a big baby, here is your chance. Colorlines picked up on the speech which gave it a nice boost, but their scintillating pull quote had Asian men screaming at me online. (Yay, what’s new?)
6. Wrote some real badass essays. Some of which my academic friends say they’ll teach in their classes!
From xo Jane:
7. Got profiled by the NY Times!
8. Got profiled by the LA Times!
My cat Octavia is the second cat I’ve had to get a mention in the LA Times!
9. Gave a lot of Keynote speeches.
Stanford, Duke, UC Berkeley and DeAnza College. What a freaking honor. Here I am at UC Berkeley’s QACON…
10. I might be the only comedian to ever have sewn the New York Stock Exchange out of felt and then performed with said set at the Comedy Central Stage.
Post conflict Uganda? Microloans? Rap? An end to poverty? Chinese people who turn white once in Africa? This new show is the most complicated thing I’ve undertaken since that funny show I made about depression.
11. Continued to build partnerships with my friends in Uganda.
Raised over $500 from friends so that my friends at VAC-NET could put on their annual Drama and Dance Festival. Also, sales from my RAP ALBUM helped pay for the initial costs of Nerio’s Studio in Uganda!
13. Didn’t marry Jeremy Lin, but came $303 short.
Some people called it “the creepiest Kickstarter ever.” I called it the truest manifestation of love. When I heard Jeremy Lin would be moving to LA to play for the Lakers, I immediately registered our wedding on The Knot and I tried to raise $5400 to buy two courtside tickets to woo his love. After a hellish 30 days of insufferable cyber-begging, I fell just $304 short of my goal. Sure I was devastated, but that did not stop me from raising our children….
This short that I made with Tani Ikeda made the Honor Roll of Comedy-- Salon’s “10 of the Best Moments in Political Comedy This Year”!
I also was at SXSW this year with xoJane’s “Fearlessly Funny: The Women Changing Digital Humor”.
I also outranked Courtney Love on this list of “25 Most Shameless Women on the Internet”
AND JUST SO YOU KNOW… Internet lists are LEGIT SOURCES OF NON-SUBJECTIVE NEWS.
15. I hosted Mr. Hyphen 2014!!!
It was like the sketch comedy absurdo spirit from high school was with me! Here are some highlights from the greatest community beauty pageant of all time…
2015 will have a lot of good stuff to look forward to… The Wong Street Journal is previewing all over the country and has its WORLD PREMIERE in June! I just booked a ticket to the Philippines in May (found a RT ticket for under $400!). I ‘m really really close to some super big things that I will announce soon!
This is where my life was always supposed to be. I just had to kill the critics in my head. Happy New Year!