Our former 8asians.com blogger Eddy Hong reached out to me to let me know his latest television commercial gig. In this commercial Eddy plays a fan of the movie The Hobbit, dressed up as Gandalf, along with his other geeky, dorky friends. What’s amusing is that the Denny’s waitress talks to her customers in Elvish, the same language that they are speaking. Apparently Denny’s has a Hobbit-inspired menu items, a tie in with the second [...] Continue »
Comedian Aziz Ansari recently made his first appearance on The Charlie Rose Show, in part to promote his upcoming Netflix comedy special, “Buried Alive.” According to Ansari, his special’s main themes are on babies, marriage and love. Ansari is a regular on Parks & Recreations (a show I can’t say that I’m a regular viewer of) and discusses how he got into comedy, and his thoughts on growing up (in South Carolina) and becoming a [...] Continue »
Here’s a topic we’ve never covered at 8Asians before: movies with Asian subject matter – that never star an Asian. Oh wait, my bad, we cover it all the time. Anyway, another good take on this never-ending topic, from a segment by Kevin Kataoka of Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.
Keeping up with the San Gabriel Valley (SGV) news, I found out about Carla Ching’s production Fast Company at the South Coast Repertory in Orange County because SGV native Lawrence Kao (Kaba Modern, The Walking Dead) will be “Francis” in this con family comedy. It’s always cool to see a production written by an Asian American author and starring an Asian American cast, and this one looks pretty amusing to boot. They’ve got shows running [...] Continue »
This came out a year ago for Columbus Day, but it’s still as good today… From Totally Biased: Over 500 years later and Christopher Columbus is still the bane of Indians everywhere (and we mean everywhere). Never one to let injustice go unchecked, Hari Kobdabolu appeals to Italians to embrace a new hero. Happy Joe DiMaggio Day, everyone!
The Arsenio Hall Show is back and who knows if it will last in today’s late night landscape, but if you watched this past week, you would have seen both Margaret Cho and Ken Jeong as guests. Ken Jeong came on stage, twerked, talked about marrying a Ho, and what his fans do when they see that he’s with his kids. I guess the twerking thing is not going away anytime soon, because Margaret Cho [...] Continue »
The Interview, an upcoming comedy by actors/directors Seth Rogen and James Franco, is about to start filming and Asian American Commercial Watch favorite Randall Park has been cast to play Kim Jong-Un. According to PolicyMic, the “plot centers around two fictional journalists who go to the hermit State of North Korea to talk to Kim, but are tapped by the C.I.A. to terminate the 29-year-old autocrat.” Yes, you did read that correctly, this is a [...] Continue »
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi explains how Indian Americans are getting the last laugh in America despite such incidents as racists tweets after the crowing of an Indian American for Miss America. The one thing I was surprised was that Mandvi didn’t even bring up elected Indian Americans such as Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley. I’m just hoping one [...] Continue »
I caught this commercial the other day and thought it was somewhat funny. Though the Asian American boss does seem like kind of stereotypically angry and stern? But I guess a lot of bosses can look that way. Interesting to note that Secret is using #hashtags to help try to create some commercial buzz for their commercial?
Waltaar, an avid lover of Mithai (Indian Sweets) finds out that he has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which constrains him from consuming any more Mithai due to the high sugar content. So as a solution, Waltaar, alongside his former student Jassi, begin cooking fat free, low sugar, healthy Mithai and begin selling it on the streets… which leads to all sorts of drama. h/t: ProfessorEric
Houston Rockets player Jeremy Lin released another video recently, on top of the one he just released a few weeks ago. This time, Lin parodies himself on how supposedly his fame has gone to his head and how he has changed – according to everyone around him. Whether or not Lin has actually changed, well, only those who knew Lin before and after LINSANITY will really know. His fellow Houston Rockets teammate James Harden and [...] Continue »