Swimming Downstream

June 29th, 2015 → Leave a comment

At the risk of sounding like a cornball client testimonial for an overpriced life coach, I can finally say that after swimming upstream for fifteen years, I’m finally living with full faith that everything is going to work out ok.  The world is still a mess but I finally feel like I’m in a position where I can do something about it.   I can speak up and create from a space where I’m not so panicked about my own livelihood that I can actually just make really good art that people will respond to.  I can create creative community and spaces where people can find liberation in small doses.  And I feel like there is an audience that really gets what I’m saying.

Will I save the world?  Nah.  But I will put a few good dents in the system.

The lesson?  Don’t ever give up.  Just keep finding new ways to crack the code.  And the way to do that is you owning what you do the best.  And stop waiting to be rescued. And take every opportunity that comes as a big deal because everything is an opportunity.  And work your ass off.  And pick yourself up after multiple nervous breakdowns.  And give up alcohol.  And read lots of self help books.  And stop dating losers.

But mostly, don’t ever give up.

12 hours after I got back to LAX from the Philippines, I got an invite to be on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show”.  This involved getting on a red eye flight after already having had traveled 40 hours by plane.  But their make up artist cleaned me up real good and I got a few meme-able moments during the panel.


I wrote about the crazy that is the the multi-comedian panel experience for Scenarios USA…


Then I got back to the West Coast where I celebrated another trip around the sun (my birthday).  But first, earlier in the day, I did this interview with Halo Halo TV in Los Angeles!


Then headed to San Francisco for the WORLD PREMIERE of The Wong Street Journal.  It was a homecoming of epic proportions.  All FIVE SHOWS SOLD OUT the Monday of show week. We added a SIXTH show– that SOLD OUT in 24 hours.  I got a commendation from San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  And the audiences seemed to get what the heck it was that I was laying down.

And the press was incredible…

Radio Appearance on KQED Forum

Hyphen Magazine

San Francisco Chronicle INTERVIEW

San Francisco Chronicle REVIEW

Reappropriate – Feature, June 16

Blogher.com – Feature, June 17

BeyondAsiaPhilia: Review by Valerie Soe

Now it’s a more relaxed July but the work has stacked up considerably on my desk.

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