Comedian Jimmy O. Yang talks about college life, dating and heritage in a stand-up
Jimmy O. Yang, a comedian known for his work in “Silicon Valley” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” performed a stand-up for students at the HUB on Thursday night. The hour-long event was offered free to students by the Student Programming Association (SPA) at Penn State.
Yang greeted Penn Staters by joking about how difficult it was for him to get to Penn State, joking that he had to take eight planes to get here. He asked fans how everyone was doing halfway through, admitting that he was not a good student himself after achieving a GPA of 2.7 and fearing that he would “lose his Asian card”.
Later, Yang wondered if Penn State was a “party school” and guessed that partying is pretty much the only thing going to State College.
He also addressed the audience’s masks, even highlighting a fan sporting the comedian’s name in LED lights on his mask. Yang contracted COVID-19 earlier this year during a trip to Vegas and noted that despite being fully vaccinated, “there is no knock on Vegas.”
Overall, Yang is extremely proud of his Asian heritage. He noted that some people in Asian countries wore masks and socially distanced themselves long before the pandemic and argued that we can all follow suit.
“I think if COVID has taught us anything, it’s that everyone should be a little more Asian,” Yang said.
Yang was also shocked at the Asian representation among the crowd.
“I didn’t know Penn State was that Asian! Did you all just appear here? ” He asked.
Continuing on his legacy, Yang said it was ridiculous that many Americans would claim the mask warrants were a “government scare alarm,” claiming that Asian parents invented the scare alarm. He even told the story of when his mother told him as a child that his friend had leukemia because he “played too many video games.”
In transition to modern dating, Yang commented on how cool he thought Tinder was until he was on “Silicon Valley,” then people “stopped believing it was. [him]. Yang said he has a girlfriend now, but since she’s a venture capitalist he’s now ‘the poorest person she hangs out with.’ He also admitted that made him one. ‘ sugar baby “, but he embraces the role and accepts the gifts as they come.
Yang reflected on how dates have changed, asking the audience, “When was the last time you called someone before a first date?” After a deafening silence, Yang continued to joke about the difficulty of flirting with emojis. He cited how difficult it is now for emojis to come in shades, noting that he preferred it when it was just yellow.
“I went to text my black friend to say a thumbs-up?” Am i supposed to do my color or his? ”he joked.
Yang then touched on the viral TV show “Squid Games” and how amazing it was for the performance. He cited how awesome it was for a show that wasn’t in English to be the most popular show on Netflix. However, he said he was mostly excited about “an easy Halloween costume”, saying “all I need is a tracksuit and an Indian friend”.
Returning to the topic of education, he mentioned how important advice is in college. He commented that anyone who said “college is the best four years of your life” is giving bad advice.
“Instead of living each day like it’s your last, live like it’s your first day out of jail,” he said. “You still have consequences. “
Yang said he entered college himself majoring in mechanical engineering, and after realizing that he “couldn’t pass any of these classes while he was high,” he said. changed his specialization to “the equivalent of communications for Asian parents: economics,” citing that economics was about as easy as his parents allowed.
Giving some more advice to an audience of a few hundred students, he jokingly advised regarding student loans: “Just don’t pay them. After saying he was joking, he gave some real advice.
“Have losing friends because they are the ones who will have time for you,” Yang said. “Losing friends are great! The only thing they will ask of you is a ride to Wendy’s.
Yang ended her set by discussing her relationship with her parents. He mentioned how his dad is also an actor but became one after his son did because “if Jimmy can do it then [he] can also. His father tried to prove acting was easy, and despite Yang’s doubts, he booked five of his first six auditions as an actor, becoming famous for his work on some Chinese TV shows.
Yang also explained how money-conscious her mother is, bragging to her friends when she gets a good deal on something. He noted that “wherever there are old Asian ladies, there are great deals.”
The show was extremely popular with those in attendance, and at the end of the show Jimmy expressed his gratitude to those who came to watch and listen.