Asian-American comedian Joey Guila hosts ImaginAsian TVs stand-up comedy series, Comedy Zen, featuring the countrys funniest Asian comics, and he says the comedy circuit is changing as Asian cultures become more accepting of stand-up comedy as a profession.
Guila who also starred in P. Diddys Bad Boys Of Comedy says more Asian-American comedians are emerging because their parents arent pressuring them to become lawyers and doctors like many strict Asian families expect.
Says Guila: Comedy was forbidden in Asian culture for a while, but now were doing stand-up and were hilarious! That, and the Dojos started closing down so we needed something to occupy our time.
But while Guilas own family has become accepting of his career in comedy, they still get a little nervous during his routines.
He explains, They know Ill probably use them in my act, so they get a bit tense around me sometimes. But Id rather be the family member they hide their jokes from than their money from!
Season one of Comedy Zen comes out on DVD July 17th.
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