We’ve been a friend and big fan of Kelvin Yu since his earliest acting roles such as Freddy Gong in the 1999-2001 WB series Popular. He’s come a long way since then, accumulating more TV credits with guest spots on Frasier, ER, Las Vegas, Without a Trace, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, CSI: Miami, and Bones. On the big screen, Kelvin can be seen in the 2006 comedy Grandma’s Boy and in the 2008 Academy Award-winning biographical political drama Milk. Now, he’s gained a larger following than ever before since playing Taiwanese American Brian Cheng on Netflix’s new hit series Master of None–the brainchild of comedian Aziz Ansari and producer Alan Yang.
Kelvin Yu is also a writer/producer behind-the-scenes on the popular animated FOX TV sitcom Bob’s Burgers, which centers on the Belchers–parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene, and Louise–who run a hamburger restaurant. That show, growing in popularity, won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 2014. In 2016, he and co-writer Steven Davis won an Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production.
TaiwaneseAmerican.org’s Ho Chie Tsai and Erica Ling recently caught up with Kelvin Yu at his Bob’s Burgers home studio, Bento Box Entertainment, to chat about his growing success. Watch the 2-part interview below.
In our feature interview, we chat about his acting role in Master of None and how his character was shaped by Taiwanese American producer Alan Yang:
In the Studio with Actor Kelvin Yu from Master of None
In part 2, we talk about his acting career leading to his writing/producing role for Bob’s Burgers:
Take 2 with Actor/Writer Kelvin Yu
Watch Kelvin Yu’s acting reels:
https://vimeo.com/91812238 (select acting clips)