Y’all We Asian Comedy Night – April 28, 2023
Austin’s all-Asian American improv troupe, Y’all We Asian, joined our annual celebration of AAPI Heritage Month in 2023.
The Y’all We Asian troupe was founded in 2017 by a small group of comics and improvisers who aspired to showcase and increase representation of Asian American comics. The troupe has performed at San Francisco Sketchfest, the Del Close Marathon, and Out of Bounds Festival and won The Austin Chronicle’s “Best of Austin’s Critics Pick,” as well as two B. Iden Payne awards. In 2020, they opened the monthly show Y’all We Asian: Family Style at the Fallout Theater in downtown Austin. Their monthly show has since filled up the Fallout Theater each time. Follow Y’all We Asian on Instagram and Facebook.
When: Friday, April 28, 2023, 7 p.m.
7:00-7:40 p.m. Improv comedy
7:40-8:10 p.m. Q&A session
8:10-8:40 p.m. Connect and mingle
Where: Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Center, ACC-Highland Campus, Building 4000 (Room 4.2205)
Free Admission and Parking
Faraaz Ismail is a 2018 Coldtowne improv graduate, in the software development industry, and an Austin resident for the past 15 years. He performs regularly with the troupe Y’all We Asian and gets the rest of his experience from watching other troupes perform. He also loves to play board games, although tragically his friends have stopped playing Monopoly with him.
Jane Lee is an imperfect human who started taking improv classes on a whim. And look at where she is now(!). She has performed with the troupe at their last main stage production, Y’all, We Asian: Summer Vacation, the Del Close Marathon in NYC, and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. She credits improv with maintaining her sanity. She would like to promote not only laughter, but also bridges, not walls.
Yola Lu is a comedian, writer, and actress based out of Austin, TX. She is the co-founder of Y’all We Asian. She has also created a web series in 2018 that can be found on YouTube called ‘uncomfortable’. Recently, she starred in a feature film called Night on Sixth that premiered at the Austin Asian American Film Festival. Yola is currently working on a short film true to her experiences called I Love Patsy, which is in post production now. You can catch Yola performing with her troupes, Garage, every Thursday at 8pm at the Fallout Theater, and with Y’all We Asian every first Friday of the month at 8pm, as well as hosting Live at ColdTowne, a stand up showcase every Saturday at 10pm at ColdTowne Theater
G-Su Paek is a longtime improv veteran and has performed at hundreds of venues and a handful of festivals across the country. He is also an accomplished actor, comedian, and one of the founders of Hot Pot Comedy, Austin’s first and only all Asian-American sketch troupe. You can find G-Su performing and teaching improv mainly at the Fallout Theater in Austin, Texas.
Virgil Shelby is an actor, comedian, and performer based in Austin, TX. They are one of the five co-owners of Fallout Theater, as well as a member of incredibly famous and well-known comedy troupes such as Hot Pot Comedy and Y’all We Asian.
Uday Waghmare is originally from Mumbai India, and he’s been in Austin for about 9 years, working for a tech company. Uday graduated from ColdTowne. At first, he hated improv, but he’s come around to find it’s FUN! He was part of Age/Sex/Location troupe that won ThrowDowne last year.
Norman Tran has been doing improv in Austin, TX for about a decade. After his day job as a software engineer, he thinks creating things with friends is the best part of life.
Mary Vo is a maker of laughs and pastries. She has been doing improv since 2019 and has also performed in MprovTV. Outside of comedy, she resumes daily life as a bookish cat lady.
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11928 Stonehollow Drive,
Austin, TX 78758