Art can open doors to new ways of thinking, but comedy usually just blows those doors up. Jenny Yang is hilarious, and as a multi-talented creator — YouTube star, TV actor, stand-up sensation — she uses her craft to tell a new story about Asian culture, heritage, and opportunity. She’s a stealth organizer in that way, never hitting you over the head but luring you in to change minds and build a different future.
Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer, actor and stand up comedian who produces the first-ever, mostly female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Disoriented Comedy, and The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival, a comedy festival showcasing the best in Asian American comedic talent. Jenny is also the creator of the viral Bad Appetite Magazine comedy videos that skewer food and “foodie” culture with a satirical edge (#HowToEatPBJ / #FoodToWork).
In 2016, Jenny was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership in Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling. In 2015, she was dubbed one of Los Angeles’ “most fascinating people” in LA Weekly’s annual “People” issue. Jenny is a Creative Change fellow with The Opportunity Agenda and a Google Next Generation Leader.
Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny is a frequent collaborator on viral videos with Buzzfeed and Fusion that have amassed over 35 million combined views, and actor in digital projects from Comedy Central, Funny or Die, MTV, Sourcefed/Nuclear Family, and Cracked.com.
Drawing from her former career in politics, Jenny is a regular commentator on politics and pop culture with contributions featured in National Public Radio, MSNBC, The Guardian, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Complex Magazine, Southern California Public Radio, South by Southwest, BlogHer, and numerous college and industry panels.