Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Asian Culture Gets Comical

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Asian-American comedians are taking the stand-up comedy world by storm, and one Filipino funnyman has a hunch why.

Asian-American comedian Joey Guila hosts ImaginAsian TV’s stand-up comedy series, Comedy Zen, featuring the country’s 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. Diddy’s Bad Boys Of Comedy – says more Asian-American comedians are emerging because their parents aren’t 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 we’re doing stand-up and we’re hilarious! That, and the Dojos started closing down so we needed something to occupy our time.”

But while Guila’s own family has become accepting of his career in comedy, they still get a little nervous during his routines.

He explains, “They know I’ll probably use them in my act, so they get a bit tense around me sometimes. But I’d 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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