Wake, Play, Slay: Asian American Women in Comedy at NBCU in LA

In 2016, Awkwafina and Margaret Cho dropped the anthemic, tongue-in-cheek “Green Tea”, urging us all to “flip a stereotype.” Asian American comedians responded, and the past year and a half has seen an influx in television, new media and live performances that cut to the heart of the conversation around whitewashing and cultural appropriation. Asian American women in particular are driving this cultural moment, turning instances of exclusion into opportunities and creating stories that are fresh, topical and often disarming.

This panel builds off CAAM and NBCU’s 2016 panel, “Expanding the Conversation”, with a nod to the women working in front of and behind the camera, in the writers room and on the stage to shift the culture of representation. Join us as we speak with some of the industry’s top voices about how they use laughter to tackle difficult and timely issues.


Wake, Play, Slay: Asian American Women in Comedy
Presented by Comcast NBCUniversal in partnership with the Center for Asian American Media

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Time: 7-8pm (RSVP required and does not guarantee a seat)
3900 Lankershim Boulevard, Theater 2
Los Angeles, CA 91608

6:30pm Doors open
7-8pm Panel Discussion and Q&A



Traci G. Lee (Moderator) is the Digital Editorial Manager for NBC Asian America, where she oversees the country’s first national news source dedicated to producing content about, for, and by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Under her direction, NBC Asian America has grown into an award-winning multimedia platform that includes “NBC Asian America Presents…,” a digital video channel that has produced viral mini-series and two feature-length documentaries. @traciglee

Jenny Yang