The business case for making an Asian-American show is simple: Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the country, they earn and spend more than the average American and they are overrepresented in the advertiser-coveted 18-to-34-year-old demographic. But if the case were really so strong, surely two decades would not have passed without some network making a bid for this audience.
ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, a sitcom loosely based on inspired by chef Eddie Huang's memoir about growing up with Taiwanese parents in Florida premieres tonight. It's the first Asian-American sitcom on TV in 20 years (!!!!!!!!!!), so people's expectations are high, especially since there's already been a [...]
Here’s a hot tip: if you're interviewing a comedian over the phone, don't do the transcribing yourself.
First, you'll experience lots of technical difficulties, because your laughter will have made the comedian's responses inaudible.
Second, you will have to live with every dumb joke you made in a vain attempt to impress said comedian, and you will never be able to look at yourself in a mirror again without flinching in shame. I learned this the hard way.
I really, really want Megan Amram to think I'm funny, because I think she's very funny. Megan is the type of funny that brings her 33,400 Twitter [...]
“Excuse me? My sign-on sheet has a mistake on it.”
It is not yet 8 a.m. and I’m blinking desperately at the stranger holding my passport in one hand and a leashed, drug-sniffing dog in the other.
“My date of birth is wrong?” I continue. “It says I’m 45. And also that I’m a man from Tampa.”
Taking his blank stare as an invitation to keep talking, I explain, “It’s just, I’m 25 and from Chicago. And also not a man.”
He takes the sheet, annoyed, and makes a series of illegible scribbles: “Just sign it. Welcome aboard.”
It is from these humble beginnings that I, Carley Moseley, née a [...]