Tao Comedy Studio

Tao Comedy Studio Intersectional Feminist Comedy Space StandUp Comedy, Open Mics, Shows, Festival, and Studio Rental. A safe space for marginalized voices Follow us on Twitter @taocomedystudio @thebobbieoliver @chriswoodoliver @laughriotgrrrls
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SATURDAY NIGHT on Zoom, our first comedy show of the new year!!!Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had To Be There! Saturda...
01/08/2021

SATURDAY NIGHT on Zoom, our first comedy show of the new year!!!

Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had To Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer comics! Just $5 per person/ $10 per household!

To watch Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

and then EMAIL us for Zoom link [email protected]

STOP PUTTING OFF YOUR LIFE! Classes start back this week!! Come have fun with us!! Brain turning to mush? Funny bone out...
01/05/2021

STOP PUTTING OFF YOUR LIFE! Classes start back this week!! Come have fun with us!!

Brain turning to mush? Funny bone out of shape? Might as well Zoom.

Help keep Tao going and have a blast while getting sharper. There’s still room to Zoom with me for my StandUp Workshop on Saturday afternoons or Thursday nights from anywhere in the freaking world or socially distanced outside on Sundays! Classes start January 7th, 9th and 10th.

Why study with me? Check out the reviews of my book the Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause www.TheTaoOfComedy.com

and my Amazon Prime comedy special Bobbie Oliver Greatest Hits. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B08DK8DCJT/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r

Tao Comedy Studio won LA Weekly’s Best of LA and Open Mics Reviews’ Best Safe Space Mic and Best Place To Do Your First Set!We are inclusive and supportive.

Plus lots of stage time! (FREE open mics while in class). Get on stage every week. I teach every class personally, and give lots of feedback. And I even do PAYMENT PLANS. 😊

For info www.TaoComedyStudio.com or hit me up at [email protected]

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome!  ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted this week by Joaquin Martinez! Tuesdays @8pm PT!  $5...
01/04/2021

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted this week by Joaquin Martinez! Tuesdays @8pm PT! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/s80z2xgf
After you sign up, EMAIL US for the Zoom link: [email protected]

SATURDAY NIGHT exclusively on Zoom, our first comedy show of the new year!!!Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had To Be Th...
01/04/2021

SATURDAY NIGHT exclusively on Zoom, our first comedy show of the new year!!!
Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had To Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer comics! Just $5 per person/ $10 per household!
To watch Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]
and then EMAIL us for Zoom link [email protected]

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY W...
01/03/2021

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/rc9yee2l

After you sign up, email us for the Zoom link: [email protected]

Brain turning to mush? Funny bone out of shape?Might as well Zoom.Help save Tao and have a blast while getting sharper. ...
01/02/2021

Brain turning to mush? Funny bone out of shape?
Might as well Zoom.

Help save Tao and have a blast while getting sharper. There’s still room to Zoom with me for my StandUp Workshop on Saturday afternoons or Thursday nights from anywhere in the freaking world! Classes start January 7th, 9th and 10th.

Why study with me? Check out the reviews of my book the Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause www.TheTaoOfComedy.com

and my Amazon Prime comedy special Bobbie Oliver Greatest Hits. https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B08DK8DCJT/ref=atv_dp_share_cu_r

Tao Comedy Studio won LA Weekly’s Best of LA and Open Mics Reviews’ Best Safe Space Mic and Best Place To Do Your First Set!We are inclusive and supportive.

Plus lots of stage time! (FREE open mics while in class). Get on stage every week. I teach every class personally, and give lots of feedback. And I even do PAYMENT PLANS. 😊

For info www.TaoComedyStudio.com or hit me up at [email protected]

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome!  ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT!  $5 for 5 minute...
12/29/2020

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/dpgq0drv
After you sign up, EMAIL US for the Zoom link: [email protected]

Not all comedy workshops are the same!! My workshop encourages YOUR voice (not forcing a perspective on you), never give...
12/28/2020

Not all comedy workshops are the same!! My workshop encourages YOUR voice (not forcing a perspective on you), never gives formulas for fill-in-the-blank hack jokes and always honors the art and the artist. Not sure if it's for you? Come audit a class for free and check us out. Over 1,000 comics have studied with me, many after years of doing comedy and feeling unfulfilled. I wrote a book recommended by the amazing Maria Bamford, Wendy Liebman and Tom Simmons. Have to miss a day? You can always make it up. Don't have all the $ up front? We do payment plans. Don't live in LA? Join us on Zoom! Come see why The Tao Of Comedy is like no other workshop out there (and Evey class is taught by one of the best working comics in the biz- ME!).

NOW ENROLLING! Tao of Comedy StandUp Workshops start back January 7, 9, 10 on ZOOM or at Tao Comedy Studio- on our gorgeous patio!*

LOOKING FOR A COMEDY CLASS THAT GIVES LOTS OF CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK? Some classes give very little feedback and stage time. Get on stage every week and get lots of great feedback from a real working comic.
www.TaoComedyStudio.com

Choose from Saturday or Sunday afternoons or Thursday nights. Want to take a class that will always build you up and never tear you down? Learn to use your comedy powers for good. Your voice matters now more than ever.

I have been teaching standup comedy for 17 years and doing comedy for over 30 years. I wrote one of the best books on comedy out there (The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause)! I work with everyone from newbies to pros. Come see why we won LA Weekly’s Best of LA and Open Mics Reviews Best Safe Space Mic and Best Place To Do Your First Set!!

Hit us up at [email protected] for more info.

I am also doing private one-on-one sessions via Zoom or in person with masks on the patio at Tao or my patio in Pasadena. Sharpen your skills, give your brain a creative outlet and be funnier by the time this whole thing is over! We will get through this together.

*Limit 10 people on Tao patio at a time, and we will all be wearing masks (mandatory), sitting 6 feet apart. I have plenty of gloves and hand sanitizer to touch the mic (and disposable mic covers) Or, don’t use a mic or just leave the mic in the stand. Plenty of gloves to use the bathroom.*

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY W...
12/27/2020

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/g8od1fi3

After you sign up, email us for the Zoom link: [email protected]

‪Merry Christmas 🎄❤️! ‬
12/25/2020

‪Merry Christmas 🎄❤️! ‬

‪Our next ‬Depression/Mental Illness Support Group for Comedians meeting is Sunday, December 27 at 7pm Pacific via Zoom....
12/25/2020

‪Our next ‬Depression/Mental Illness Support Group for Comedians meeting is Sunday, December 27 at 7pm Pacific via Zoom.

Email us for the Zoom link at [email protected]
Please join us if you are a comedian that needs support. ❤️

Thanks so much to everyone who supported our Pussy Riot show and helped us make another monthly donation to Downtown Wom...
12/22/2020

Thanks so much to everyone who supported our Pussy Riot show and helped us make another monthly donation to Downtown Women’s Center! ❤️

NOW ENROLLING! Tao of Comedy StandUp Workshops start back January 7, 9, 10 on ZOOM or at Tao Comedy Studio- on our gorge...
12/22/2020

NOW ENROLLING! Tao of Comedy StandUp Workshops start back January 7, 9, 10 on ZOOM or at Tao Comedy Studio- on our gorgeous patio!*

Learn comedy from the best: Me!! NOW ENROLLING!! LOOKING FOR A COMEDY CLASS THAT GIVES LOTS OF CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK? Some classes give very little feedback and stage time. Get on stage every week and get lots of great feedback from a real working comic.
.www.TaoComedyStudio.com

Payment plans available!

Choose from Saturday or Sunday afternoons or Thursday nights. Want to take a class that will always build you up and never tear you down? Learn to use your comedy powers for good. Your voice matters now more than ever.

I have been teaching standup comedy for 17 years and doing comedy for over 30 years. I wrote one of the best books on comedy out there (The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause)! I work with everyone from newbies to pros. Come see why we won LA Weekly’s Best of LA and Open Mics Reviews Best Safe Space Mic and Best Place To Do Your First Set!!

Hit us up at [email protected] for more info.

I am also doing private one-on-one sessions via Zoom or in person with masks on the patio at Tao or my patio in Pasadena. Sharpen your skills, give your brain a creative outlet and be funnier by the time this whole thing is over! We will get through this together.

*Limit 10 people on Tao patio at a time, and we will all be wearing masks (mandatory), sitting 6 feet apart. I have plenty of gloves and hand sanitizer to touch the mic (and disposable mic covers) Or, don’t use a mic or just leave the mic in the stand. Plenty of gloves to use the bathroom.*

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome!  ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT!  $5 for 5 minute...
12/22/2020

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST
Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]
Signups https://slotted.co/cicfpcbf
After you sign up, EMAIL US for the Zoom link: [email protected]

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY W...
12/20/2020

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/2gk93qul

After you sign up, email us for the Zoom link: [email protected]

SATURDAY NIGHT exclusively on Zoom, our final comedy show of the year!!!Tao Comedy Studio Presents: PUSSY RIOT! Saturday...
12/18/2020

SATURDAY NIGHT exclusively on Zoom, our final comedy show of the year!!!
Tao Comedy Studio Presents: PUSSY RIOT! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer comics! Just $5 per person/ $10 per household!

To watch Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

and then EMAIL us for Zoom link [email protected]

We have created gorgeous outdoor areas for my comedy classes! Tao of Comedy StandUp Workshops start back January 7, 9, 1...
12/16/2020

We have created gorgeous outdoor areas for my comedy classes! Tao of Comedy StandUp Workshops start back January 7, 9, 10 on Zoom or at Tao Comedy Studio- on our gorgeous patio!

*Limit 10 people on Tao patio at a time, and we will all be wearing masks (mandatory), sitting 6 feet apart. I have plenty of gloves and hand sanitizer to touch the mic (and disposable mic covers) Or, don’t use a mic or just leave the mic in the stand. Plenty of gloves to use the bathroom.**

Learn comedy from the best: Me!! NOW ENROLLING!! LOOKING FOR A COMEDY CLASS THAT GIVES LOTS OF CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK? Some classes give very little feedback and stage time. Get on stage every week and get lots of great feedback from a real working comic.
.www.TaoComedyStudio.com

*Payment plans available.

Choose from Saturday or Sunday afternoons or Thursday nights. Want to take a class that will always build you up and never tear you down? Learn to use your comedy powers for good. Your voice matters now more than ever.

I have been teaching standup comedy for 17 years and doing comedy for over 30 years. I wrote one of the best books on comedy out there (The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause)! I work with everyone from newbies to pros. Come see why we won LA Weekly’s Best of LA and Open Mics Reviews Best Safe Space Mic and Best Place To Do Your First Set!!

Hit us up at [email protected] for more info.

I am also doing private one-on-one sessions via Zoom or in person with masks on the patio at Tao or my patio in Pasadena. Sharpen your skills, give your brain a creative outlet and be funnier by the time this whole thing is over! We will get through this together.

‪Our next ‬Depression/Mental Illness Support Group for Comedians meeting is Sunday, December 27 at 7pm Pacific via Zoom....
12/16/2020

‪Our next ‬Depression/Mental Illness Support Group for Comedians meeting is Sunday, December 27 at 7pm Pacific via Zoom.

Email us for the Zoom link at [email protected]

Please join us if you are a comedian that needs support. ❤️

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome!  ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT!  $5 for 5 minute...
12/15/2020

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/zbsvbkt0

After you sign up, EMAIL US for the Zoom link: [email protected]

SATURDAY NIGHT exclusively on Zoom, our final comedy show of the year!!!Tao Comedy Studio Presents: PUSSY RIOT! Saturday...
12/14/2020

SATURDAY NIGHT exclusively on Zoom, our final comedy show of the year!!!

Tao Comedy Studio Presents: PUSSY RIOT! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer comics! Just $5 per person/ $10 per household!

To watch Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

and then EMAIL us for Zoom link [email protected]

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY W...
12/13/2020

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/5r3m4tct

After you sign up, email us for the Zoom link: [email protected]

SATURDAY NIGHT on Zoom, the exciting new web platform everyone is talking about! Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had to ...
12/11/2020

SATURDAY NIGHT on Zoom, the exciting new web platform everyone is talking about! Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had to Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer comics! Just $5 per person/ $10 per household!
To watch Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]
and then EMAIL us for Zoom link [email protected]

‪Our next ‬Depression/Mental Illness Support Group for Comedians meeting is Sunday, December 27 at 7pm Pacific via Zoom....
12/10/2020

‪Our next ‬Depression/Mental Illness Support Group for Comedians meeting is Sunday, December 27 at 7pm Pacific via Zoom.

Email us for the Zoom link at [email protected]
Please join us if you are a comedian that needs support. ❤️

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome!  ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT!  $5 for 5 minute...
12/08/2020

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/ilbtkutw

After you sign up, EMAIL US for the Zoom link: [email protected]

SATURDAY NIGHT! Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had to Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer co...
12/07/2020

SATURDAY NIGHT! Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had to Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer comics! Just $5 per person/ $10 per household!

To watch Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]
and then EMAIL us for Zoom link [email protected]

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY W...
12/06/2020

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/f9in1jwf

After you sign up, email us for the Zoom link: [email protected]

SATURDAY NIGHT! Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had to Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer co...
12/04/2020

SATURDAY NIGHT! Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had to Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer comics! Just $5 per person/ $10 per household!

To watch Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

and then EMAIL us for Zoom link [email protected]

Tao of Comedy StandUp Workshops start back January 7, 9, 10 on Zoom or at Tao Comedy Studio- on our gorgeous patio! *Lim...
12/03/2020

Tao of Comedy StandUp Workshops start back January 7, 9, 10 on Zoom or at Tao Comedy Studio- on our gorgeous patio!

*Limit 10 people on Tao patio at a time, and we will all be wearing masks (mandatory), sitting 6 feet apart. I have plenty of gloves and hand sanitizer to touch the mic (and disposable mic covers) Or, don’t use a mic or just leave the mic in the stand. Plenty of gloves to use the bathroom.**

Learn comedy from the best: Me!! NOW ENROLLING!! LOOKING FOR A COMEDY CLASS THAT GIVES LOTS OF CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK? Some classes give very little feedback and stage time. Get on stage every week and get lots of great feedback from a real working comic.

For more info www.TaoComedyStudio.com

Choose from Saturday or Sunday afternoons or Thursday nights. Want to take a class that will always build you up and never tear you down? Learn to use your comedy powers for good. Your voice matters now more than ever.

I have been teaching standup comedy for 17 years and doing comedy for over 30 years. I wrote one of the best books on comedy out there (The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause)! I work with everyone from newbies to pros. Come see why we won LA Weekly’s Best of LA and Open Mics Reviews Best Safe Space Mic and Best Place To Do Your First Set!!

Hit us up at [email protected] with questions.

I am also doing private one-on-one sessions via Zoom or in person with masks on the patio at Tao or my patio in Pasadena. Sharpen your skills, give your brain a creative outlet and be funnier by the time this whole thing is over! We will get through this together.

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome!  ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT!  $5 for 5 minute...
11/30/2020

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/qgns7r29

After you sign up, EMAIL US for the Zoom link: [email protected]

SATURDAY NIGHT! Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had to Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer co...
11/30/2020

SATURDAY NIGHT! Tao Comedy Studio Presents: You Had to Be There! Saturday at 8pm PT on Zoom! 15 minute sets by killer comics! Just $5 per person/ $10 per household!

To watch Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

and then EMAIL us for Zoom link [email protected]

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY W...
11/29/2020

LA’s Longest Running Women Only Mic!! Laugh Riot Grrrl Women Only Mic! Mondays @8pm PT via Zoom! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/aa03ezcv

After you sign up, email us for the Zoom link: [email protected]

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome!  ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT!  $5 for 5 minute...
11/24/2020

Tuesdays LGBT+ on the M.I.C. Allies welcome! ZOOM Open Mic! Hosted by Kate R Canter! Tuesdays @8pm PT! $5 for 5 minutes. PAY WHEN YOU SIGN UP OR YOU’LL BE REMOVED FROM LIST

Venmo: Bobbie-Oliver
OR
PayPal [email protected]

Signups https://slotted.co/xqa0h80b
After you sign up, EMAIL US for the Zoom link: [email protected]

Address

131 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA
90004

Opening Hours

Monday 19:30 - 22:00
Tuesday 19:30 - 22:00
Wednesday 19:30 - 22:00
Thursday 19:00 - 22:00
Friday 19:30 - 22:00
Saturday 19:30 - 22:00
Sunday 13:00 - 18:30

Telephone

(323) 552-6929

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I’m looking for new (mostly female) comics I haven’t booked before, but also ones I have booked. I am one of Bobbie Oliver s comedy babies. Who wants to do a #CannabisLoving comedy show where the theme is RELATIONSHIPS AND DATING!? 😉🥰😀💕🌱
To the cast of Crazy Woke Asians 5/20, Tao Comedy Studio and So Cal Asian Artists Ensemble: Great job with last night's Crazy Woke Asians 5/20 show guys. I'd never been to an Asian comedy show where all the stand up comics as well as the improv comedians are this funny. Way to go! With that said, I almost walked out of that show because I find some of the jokes from the stand up comics unnecessarily homophobic and distasteful, especially when the male host screamed out "No Homo," to one of the comics. Now, as a gay Asian man I was offended, humiliated and shamed. FYI...saying "No Homo," is akin to saying "That's so gay," and the implication is that there is something wrong with being gay. There were at least two gay men sitting in the audience at your show last night. I was thinking to myself, "Wow, I just paid $20 of my hard-earned money to come support my fellow Asian actors and artists only to be clubbed over the head with homophobic slurs." Don't get me wrong, you can and should make gay jokes and there were several comics who made gay jokes that were funny that was not degrading to gay people so for future reference (if you want gay audience members to come support Asian comedy shows), please be mindful and run your jokes through one of your gay friends, and, if you don't have any gay friends that might be the problem. With that said, I'm so glad that I pushed through and stayed until the end because I would've missed Jason's phenomenal performance as well as an altogether well rounded show. But it was incredibly distracting as I was troubled with said slurs and it diminishes my ability to be present and enjoy the show. Plus, I was there to see someone specifically and I didn't want to leave without seeing someone whom I support shine on that stage and as far as I'm concerned you all shined last night and I'm very proud of you. Ok, I'm getting off my soapbox now. Please know, I'm not posting this to debate but I see this as a teachable moment. Saying anti-gay slurs is not very woke. To a gay audience member, it’s in the same territory as sitting in the audience at a movie theater, play or musical when there is an anti-Asian joke being said on screen/stage except it’s worst because the performer saying you’re wrong (anti-gay slur) is worst than them saying you’re less than (anti-Asian slur).
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