She Bangs, She Bangs

It's Crazy when you make fun of someone who was infamous on TV and 15 years later, you actually meet them... and they humble you.  

I started doing Stand Up Comedy 15 years ago and one of my first big shows was at UC Berkeley (no violent riots when I performed) at Korean Culture Night and I made fun of William Hung.  He had just performed the infamous and painfully awkward "She Bangs!" audition at American Idol where Simon, Paula, and Randy were clowning him.    He instantly became the face that Asians were embarrassed to be associated with...   the "Ching Chong" Asian... the dorky Asian that everyone made fun of.

I got some laughs that night...  mainly because I was disassociating myself from this guy who represented everything we Asian Americans, were trying not to be.   We were trying to be "Cool" in the eyes of other ethnic groups, and this guy was making us look like a fool.   In addition, did William really think he was good???   We all know that person who thinks they're God's gift to the world at Karaoke just because the machine gave them a score of 100 after they belted out the worst  version of Mariah Carey's "Hero" in history and your soul was shriveling up.  

Fast Forward, 15 years later and my friend Emi Fukuoka asks me if I want to interview William Hung for my podcast,  I said... "For Real???  Hell yeah."     I meet William and every question I asked was responded to by the most genuine, down to earth answers that humbled me.

 

I asked him many questions but the most poignant question I asked was,  "William, did you know they were laughing AT you, not with you?"

And he replied, "Yeah... I knew, but you have to try in life.  No matter what, you always have to try..."

Damn.   I was humbled.  I looked in his eyes and he was being authentic.

I had to keep it real as well and I admitted I used to make fun of him in my stand up comedy routine when I first started and he did look a little hurt,  and he said, "Its ok...   I understand." 

I asked him,  "Do you have any regret about the experience? "  And he replied "No, I traveled all over the world and met so many good people.  So many people told me I inspired them because I wasn't afraid to try."    

A lesson from our brother William, 

You always have to try in life.  Don't look back at life with any regret. 

You can listen to the podcast and subscribe on Itunes, " The PK Comedy Podcast" recorded at The Laugh Factory. 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pk-comedy-podcast/id1085806581?mt=2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pk-comedy-podcast/id1085806581?mt=2
 

Youtube Video of the Interview:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNE89R7TWCU

 

The Youtube/FB Reality Check. Maybe Your ish is Whack.

Sometimes people make excuses that the reason why they haven't made it is because the color of their skin.   As an Asian American who has faced discrimination and has been called CHINK for no reason, I would say this DEFINITELY comes into play on a daily basis.   However, the internet has provided the greatest social litmus test in history.  Yeah, your friends might say you're a great singer because you can belt it out and get 99's at NRB/Karaoke.   Yeah, you might make your friends laugh when you're in a specific setting and your face is ruddy from the afterglow of two Jameson on the rocks.  But the truth always comes out after time and you'll realize... Maybe your ish is Whack.

For those who don't understand... what it means is... If your ish is dope, the majority will share it.  If its ok... then  some will share it.  If its whack, it will hover around a few hundred or few thousand views before it dies.   There is honor in trying and for those who understand there are no failures, only lessons and you go back to the lab; go back to the gym, and keep getting better...  

The reason why I know I'm just a good comedian... not great... is my videos will go up to around 100K views and then just fade out...   to be great is to be like Russell Peters... where his videos go viral  (one million+)  and its undeniably dope.

Some Asian rappers think they're dope and when you hear their freestyle, their like  "Ra cha chat chat with my gat in your back and I take my bat and beat up yo cat... nah I'm sayin... I don't know what I'm sayin... but y'no what I'm sayin??? "  and when their video reaches 80 Total views, they say "Man, its bc I'm Asian...  " Nah fool... Its because you're Wack.

For everyone who puts themselves out there and is willing to fail... I give you my utmost respect.  You're a winner compared to those who live in the black hole of regret their entire lives and are never willing to fail.    But part of being willing to fail is ACCEPTING the fact that not everything you do will be great.   Total # of views doesn't determine that... but its definitely a part of the equation.   Youtube is taking over TV and Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.  

Chiggidy Check yo self b4 you riggidy wreck yo self.    

Keep Swinging that bat until you hit a homerun!   I WILL NEVER STOP SWINGING THAT BAT YO!!!   Who's with me???   

 

 

 

First Blog Post

If you wait until everything is right before you start something... you'll never do anything.   Nike got it right.  JUST DO IT.

It took me forever to get my website done because I had all these ideas on how I wanted it done perfectly and then months, turned into years, and I didn't get it done until recently.   Alicia Dunams had a great quote...  "My book that you may not like is better than the book you never wrote."   So many people say they will write a book or screenplay...    so many say they will create a huge project... all talk, no walk.  Its so easy to be a critic... so few take the risk to to learn and grow while making mistakes. 

The best way to take a step in the direction of a big project you want to finish is to plan it out and JUST DO IT.   JUST START.   Don't take too long in starting or you will never do it.  I've always wanted to start a blog and I thought about how I wanted it.  I realized, I'm just going to write.  Just write consistently and learn and grow.   And I'm excited.  

This is my first blog post of many to come.