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Jimmy O. Yang

Daily from Oct. 10-12
8 p.m.
Daily from Oct. 11-12
10:30 p.m.

Some people may know Jimmy O. Yang as an actor first. He’s been a series regular on HBO’s Silicon Valley, had a role in the film Crazy Rich Asians, and has shown up in dozens of other projects. “I didn’t even think I was going to be an actor,” he says. “I started doing standup because I was looking for something to do. I graduated with an econ degree, and I didn’t want to do that.” Yang was simply looking for a community to be a part of. He tried joining a boxing club, then jiu-jitsu, but he was terrible at both. Then he stumbled into standup. Shortly after he started, he landed an odd gig as a consultant for the Harlem Globetrotters. The team was about to tour China, and needed advice on what would be appropriate. “They googled ‘Chinese comedians.’ I was the only one in L.A., so they contacted me.” He met the team’s reps at the airport. “I read their script—yes, they have a script—and told them, ‘Yeah, this is fine, the Chinese will like you.’ I think I might have told them Hello Kitty is Japanese or something like that. Then they gave me $200.”