Asian Takeover Comedy Show is having a laugh this week in Vancouver

A stellar line-up of Asian comedians take to the stage in Kitsilano this week to celebrate Asian Heritage Month.

Asian Takeover, presented by Comedy Here Often and Funny1040, takes place Friday, May 20 at the Hollywood Theater.

The stand-up showcase at the Hollywood Theater is hosted by Julie Kim (The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Kim’s Convenience) and features Irene Tu (SF Sketchfest, Comedy Central’s Clusterfest), Andrea Jin (winner of a 2022 JUNO Award for Comedy Album of the Year, CBC’s The debaters) and Yumi Nagashima (Central Asian Comedy, Just for Laughs).

“The Asian Takeover Comedy Show is a celebration of hard-working Asians,” Nagashima said in an interview with Daily Hive. We have come a long way to be seen and understood more authentically.

“Even though we tend to be categorized as ‘Asian actresses’, each of us has a unique voice, perspective, character and style. When all four of us perform together, audiences can see that each of us has a different magical power like the X-Men.

Yumi Nagashima/Submissive

Nagashima said Asian Heritage Month is an important time for her as a woman of Japanese descent.

“Although I identify as a universal comedian, I am very proud of my Japanese heritage,” Nagashima explained. “It’s good to be featured and booked a lot in this festive month as an Asian comedian. Whenever I get the chance and it feels natural to do so, I make my joke more educational about Japanese culture and history.

Hollywood Theater will open at 5 p.m. for pre-show cocktails, with Asian Takeover starting at 8 p.m.

Andrea Jin

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Julie Kim Comedy

Julie Kim/Submissive

“I have worked with Julie and Andrea before and appreciate their supportive yet competitive energy,” added Nagashima. “They inspire me to be a better comedian. I’ve never worked with Irene before, so I’m super excited to see her live.

“My mission is to unite the world through laughter, but during the Asian Takeover Comedy Show, audiences may be able to see us uniting more Asians through laughter.”

Irene You

Irene You/Submitted

Comedy Here Often also hosts monthly showcases at 604 Studios in Vancouver as well as weekly Saturday night events at Hecklers Bar and Grill in Victoria.

Asian takeover comedy night

When: May 20, 2022
Weather: Doors at 5 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Or: Hollywood Theater – 3123 W Broadway Vancouver
Tickets: $28.88 plus shipping, purchase online

Javier E. Swan