Seattle: Dis/orient/ed Comedy Show

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2013
Time: 8:00 PM – 9:45 PM
Location: The Renton Civic Theatre
Address: 507 S. 3rd St Renton, WA
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Seeking a suppo­rtive network of comed­ians, Yola Lu, Atsuko Okatsuka, and Jenny Yang created “Dis/­orient/ed Comedy.” The mission of Dis/o­rient/ed Comedy is to showcase the funny and powerful voices of Asian American female comed­ians.

This one-of-a-kind comedy show debuted in Summer 2012 to a sold-out audience of over 240 comedy lovers in the historic David Henry Hwang Theater in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles and has toured Pomona College, and the standing-room only show at the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, California. Upcoming shows in 2013 will include Loyola Marymount University and a West Coast run in Seattle, San Francisco and Seattle, Washington.

The comedians

Yola Lu is a Seattle-based standup comedian. Yola pursued comedy in hopes of overcoming her fear of people and to gain more self confidence. She isn’t quite sure if either have happened yet. Her comedy is often described as uncomfortably honest. In her spare time, she likes to watch Law and Order SVU and browse the self help sections of book stores — not for her, but for those around her.

Atsuko Okatsuka is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian, writer and actress. Atsuko moved to the United States with her grandmother and schizophrenic mother at the age of 10 from Japan. Ever since she was young, she found joy in making other people laugh during rough times. It wasn’t until two years ago, in the midst of finishing up her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, that she tried going on stage to share her thoughts on life and the world. Now she’s found her calling: to make others laugh.

Jenny Yang is a writer and comedian living in Los Angeles, California. A top three finalist of the California’s Funniest Female competition in 2012, Jenny’s live performances feature her signature mix of brutal sarcasm, sunny enthusiasm, and unflinching disregard for microphone volume. Born in Taiwan and raised in Torrance, Calif­ornia, Jenny draws from her exper­iences as an immig­rant, Asian American, and recov­ering overa­chiever.

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