Comedian Jenny Yang on Hollywood’s Abuse and Lack of Diversity: ‘The Current Power Structure Doesn’t Work For Us Anymore’
By Danielle Turchiano
In all of the recent news stories about men in Hollywood abusing their power — from Harvey Weinstein to Kevin Spacey to Brett Ratner to Michael Oreskes — one line in particular stood out to comedian Jenny Yang. It was: “That experience caused her to lower her aspirations.” It was about the then-young women in journalism affected by NPR news editor Oreskes’ inappropriate behavior, but it could have been about anyone. (read full article on Variety.com)
So this is the story of HOW I GOT #AzizAnsari TO BRING ME COOKIES AND MILK.
We were both on a non-stop flight from New York to Los Angeles. He was in business class and, well, I was not.
It was March of 2016 and I was flying home to Los Angeles after touring the east coast telling jokes. I was exhausted and existentially pissed that I was flying from New York to Los Angeles on Delta Airlines. I never fly on Delta because it's expensive and I'm an immigrant who rescues restaurant napkins. The only reason I was on this flight was because I had to use flight credit after paying a two hundred dollar refund penalty. I’m a self-employed stand up comedian. I never waste money like that.
As you know, October 24 is National Take Your Ethnic Food To Work Day! (Actually, Phil Yu and I decided to just declare it. Now, it's a thing!) This is your annual opportunity bring your stankiest ethnic food to the workplace. No judgement! Organize a lunchtime potluck for your office and share photos of you, your coworkers, and funkiest food using the hashtag #foodtowork.
SEE YOU TODAY, #CalStateLA!! 12:30PM PANEL!!!!! #LosAngeles Univ. Student Union Theatre
I said "Smile, mom!"
Also revelation today: Just realized my mom is sassy. I know. Weird.
My Chinese/American language and culture firewall was breached today and I see my mom for who she is: Taiwanese Dorothy Zbornak. I went home and she clowned my outfit before saying hi. Then pulled this face. I thought I was a comedian because I had just enough trauma growing up to make me do comedy but not too much trauma that it's debilitating. (Shrugs)