Jimmy O. Yang Engages With Vocal Crowd At Round Up Comedy Show – The Oracle
Upon arriving in Florida from Los Angeles, Crazy Rich Asians star Jimmy O. Yang was in disbelief at the drastic change in weather due to intense thunderstorms and high temperatures.
“You know, what really pisses me off is the ‘felt’ temperature,” he said. “It’s like 88 degrees, but it looks like 95. Why don’t you just say 95?”
“The temperature is the only thing you can ‘feel’. I can’t just say, ‘Hey man, I drive a Toyota Corolla, but it looks like a Ferrari.’ My penis ‘looks’ like 12 inches.
Thursday night’s Round Up Comedy Show took place at the Yuengling Center, a venue larger than his recent residence in the ballroom at Marshall Student Center. However, Yang found inventive ways to engage the audience of more than 3,000 attendees, such as asking the crowd questions which they would answer by clapping and raising their hands.
“I changed my major to one of the easiest majors that would still appease my parents – economics. Are there any economics majors out there?” he asked the audience, finally pointing to a student in the front row who had raised his hand.
“Oh yeah, an Asian guy. Come on bro, we’re going to work at Morgan Stanley after this.
Aside from the laughter produced by Yang, the crowd was vocal and tried to get the comedian to hear his voice. Many girls sitting in the back of the arena became the punchline of a joke about age differences in the dating world by shouting how much they loved Yang.
“Thank you thank you. Maybe I’ll see you on Tinder later,” he joked, which caused the audience to explode into applause.
The fog projected onto the stage caused Yang to stop mid-performance. He joked about getting high, which led him to ask the audience if weed was legal in Florida.
When the crowd answered his question, Yang gave those who lived in dormitories advice on how not to get caught smoking weed.
“I don’t encourage any of you to smoke weed, but if you do, it’s the old school thing,” he said. “You get a shower cap and put it on the fire alarm, so he doesn’t set it off.”
His advice erupted sounds of realization from the audience, followed by cheers of approval.
The show consisted of a common theme surrounding the Asian experience, from stereotypes surrounding community to family customs.
Yang joked that Asians take pride in spending less than bragging about expensive purchases.
“White people will never tell you how much money they made…Black people, on the other hand, will tell you exactly how much money they spent on something,” he said. “Asians, we like to brag about how little money we spend on something.
“My mom’s favorite catchphrase is ‘Guess how much?’ She wants you to guess high so she can brag about how much she saved.
While he normally guesses high when his mother asks him this question, Yang said he once accidentally guessed too low, offending his mother in the process.
“I have never seen my mother so disappointed,” he said. “She’s like ‘Jimmy, Jimmy, these shoes? Guess how much? I said I don’t know, these are really nice shoes, like $100?
“She said, ‘Jimmy, these are Jimmy Choos, okay. It’s $300. Better Jimmy than you.
Yang told many stories throughout her hour-long performance, but it was one of her longest tracks that garnered the most engagement from the audience.
Everyone has a friend who is embarrassing, which makes them a great friend, Yang said. Speaking about his own experiences, the comedian mentioned his friend, Guam, whose goal in life was to win the lottery and take his friends to a buffet with the money.
When Guam had the opportunity to appear on Let’s Make a Deal, a game show where players dress up while participating, he won the top prize of $50,000. Yang added that Guam cried on live television dressed as Master Raiden from Mortal Kombat, but the costume was so poorly created that Yang thought he was dressing up as a Vietnamese farmer.
After receiving the money, Yang said Guam kept his promise and took everyone to the buffet. However, it wasn’t long before the excitement of winning the show caught up with him.
“He was out of control – for about three months,” Yang said. “Of course, this is Guam, so it has to end embarrassingly. Not only did he waste $50,000, but he didn’t pay any taxes on that money. So now he has no money. and he owes the IRS about $30,000.
“I said ‘Guam, this is horrible, what are you going to do?’ And all he said to me was, ‘See? This is how the government fucks you.
With the ups and downs contained in the story, the audience expressed their excitement and shock with peals of laughter during Yang’s story.
Although jokes surrounding race and ethnicity were frequent during the performance, Yang took time to highlight the importance of Asian portrayal in the media and how it helps demystify stereotypes and instill pride in those who are represented.
“I think it’s important to be proud of who you are,” he said. “Not all Asians are good at math, not all Asians are engineers, and not all Asians are alike. I think it is important.
“And we get there with this whole representation thing. I want you guys to be proud of yourself.