8Questions: Comedy InvAsian with Amy Hill

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A few years ago, I was lucky enough to produce a one hour special for the super talented Dwayne Perkins called Take Notes. (If you want to check it out, it’s on Netflix). It was a fun and great project to work on. That’s why when director/producer Quentin Lee and I were trying to figure out our next project, doing a stand up series featuring Asian Americans made sense. Comedy InvAsian is what came out of those conversations.

Comedy InvAsian, a six-part live stand-up series featuring some of the country’s top Asian American comedians as well as talented newcomers, each performing one-hour specials. Our first season includes Paul Kim, Atsuko Okatsuka, Kevin Yee, Joey Guila, Robin Tran and Amy Hill.

I decided to ask them all 8 questions. Next up is, Amy Hill.

Here is a quick bio and video:

Amy Hill’s television and film credits number over 150. She is recently recurring on “Crazy Ex Girlfriend”, “UnReal” and “The Great Indoors”.  She’s a regular on Amazon Prime’s “Just Add Magic” which is currently streaming the first season and is set to release seasons 2 and 3 early next year.

1. On a scale from 1 to 5, how would you rate your childhood and why? (With 1 being the perfect All-American childhood and 5 being completely and utterly traumatized.)

In the midst of my childhood, I thought it was HORRIBLE.  My mom was an immigrant Japanese war bride with thick accent who insisted on putting Japanese food in my lunch.  I went to an all-white elementary school with a white collar population.  My dad was blue collar Finnish American with a mid-western Finn attitude and accent who struggled to keep a job.  We were super poor and I was shunned by most kids and disliked by some teachers due to the my mixed heritage.  As I grew older and learned how the others lived, my parents and my family was closer to being All-American than any of the others. Thus, I give my childhood a “1”.

2. Tell us about the moment you knew you wanted to be a comedian/actor.

After moving to San Francisco to study theater, it was the heyday of improv and sketch comedy and I fell in love with it.

3. How did your parents react?

My parents were always supportive.  I think they were concerned that we might not succeed in life, being biracial, so whatever we did was great.

4. If you weren’t a comedian/actor, what would you have been?

A drama queen?

5. How funny are you in real life?

I think I’m funnier in real life because life is so hard!!

6. This isn’t a question, but a statement. Make me laugh.

 I don’t do stand up.

7. Tell us about your worst troll or heckler and how you responded.

I don’t do stand up.  I’m going to heckled??  Nobody told me!!!

8. What advice would you give to young Asian American comedians/actors?

Don’t do stand up, you’ll apparently be heckled!!

Amy will be performing on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Japanese American National Museum. Click here to buy tickets.

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Author: Koji Steven Sakai

Writer/Producer Koji Steven Sakai is the founder of Little Nalu Pictures LLC and the CEO of CHOPSO (www.CHOPSO.com), the first Asian English streaming video service. He has written five feature films that have been produced, including the indie hit, The People I’ve Slept With. He also produced three feature films, a one hour comedy special currently on Netflix, and Comedy InvAsian, a live and filmed series featuring the nation’s top Asian American comedians. Koji’s debut novel, Romeo & Juliet Vs. Zombies, was released in paperback in 2015 and in audiobook in 2016 and his graphic novel, 442, was released in 2017. In addition, he is currently an adjunct professor in screenwriting at International Technological University in San Jose.