Have you seen Ali Wong’s breakout comedy special Baby Cobra on Netflix yet? Ali is also a writer on Fresh Off The Boat. She is funny, she is smart – SO smart – and she is a hustler. Much has been made of Ali’s decision to perform onstage pregnant, not hiding her pregnancy, or avoiding it, but mining her pregnancy for humour while being as irreverently sexual and provocatively gross as possible.
You remember at the Emmys when Alan Yang, during his acceptance speech for Master Of None, talked about the lack of Asian representation in entertainment? He referenced Long Duk Dong. Long Duk Dong was the “standard” for far too long. But it’s changing, slowly. Margaret Cho was alone for a long time without a peer. Now there’s not only Alan but Constance Wu and Randall Park and Ali Wong and a growing community of Asian artists with growing profiles, demanding a place in spaces where they were not just previously unwelcome but where people previously couldn’t even imagine them.
Ali Wong is making it increasingly impossible to not know her and she’s just been featured in The New Yorker. What I love about this piece is that the writer not only highlights Ali’s undeniable talent but also her work ethic. She has a 9 month old baby at home. She still goes out every night, from bar to club to pub, to try out new material. Sometimes it’s two stops, sometimes it’s five stops. It was her habit before the baby and it continues to be her habit now that she’s a mother. And as for her own mother, Tammy? Her response when asked if she always knew Ali’s humour was special:
“I don’t know. I had four kids. So I was busy.”
Click here to read the full article. I promise it’s worth your time.
Yours in gossip,
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We missed a lot when World War Brange took over the celebrity news cycle last week. This week’s tabloid are about to drop. I suspect we might be getting another round of Brange ugly very soon. Before that happens, let’s catch up on one of the most important but overlooked issues from last week: Jake Gyllenhaal Full Story
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The “indie cancer dramedy” is a well-established sub-genre populated by films like 50/50, The Fault In Our Stars, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and of course the granddaddy of them all, Terms of Endearment. This is such a specific type of film that if you watch the trailer and think it looks like a fake movie trailer from Saturday Night Live, you would be forgiven because this is exactly the sort of movie that would be parodied on SNL. Full Story
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Heads up about the Sasha Answers podcast this week. We are a couple of days behind so it’ll post on Thursday. Thanks for listening!
Would you eat this if it delivers on its promise? (Dlisted)
Miley and Liam split up the takeout (Just Jared)
Hate the length of Princess Kate’s red dress (Cele|bitchy)
Scarjo looks presidential or Secret Servicey (Popoholic)
“The world is ready for a bulletproof black man.” That’s what Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker said at Comic-Con in July. I would watch the show based on that statement alone but Netflix’s Luke Cage looks like it’s actually going to live up to the hype. Ahead of the show’s release on Friday, Netflix has dropped the final trailer. Full Story
Yesterday Bloomberg reported that Disney is exploring the possibility of buying Twitter and adding it to the already huge pile of other corporations that they own. It’s early in the process—they’re just exploring the option—but it does feel like Disney is chasing specific pieces and that when they have the right combination of media, tech, and distribution companies they will succeed in assembling the Triforce. Full Story