Description: With Nahreen Tarzi, Kira Soltanovich, Jenny Yang, Usha Kiren and Daniel Gutierrez
Jenny Yang: http://www.JennyYang.TV
Jenny Yang is a Los Angeles-based writer and stand up comedian who entertains indie, comedy club and college audiences with her biting social commentary and high-energy stage persona (jennyyang.tv @jennyyangtv).
Jenny is a featured comic on Joan Rivers' 2013 Showtime documentary "Why We Laugh: Funny Women,” where she shares the joys and traumas of being a female comedian alongside such comedic heavyweights as Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Janeane Garofalo, Tig Notaro, Lily Tomlin and Aisha Tyler.
Born in Taiwan and raised in Southern California, Jenny was a top three finalist of the California’s Funniest Female stand up comedy contest, and has performed at The Comedy Store, Improv Comedy Club and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Jenny is also a producer of the first-ever all female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Dis/orient/ed Comedy, which has successfully sold out theaters and comedy venues around Southern California, the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest, and brought standing-room only shows to colleges and universities throughout the country (disorientedcomedy.com).
Jenny’s story and writing have been featured on the award-winning blog on Asian American issues, angryasianman.com, social media platforms for the Hulu-original pop culture series “The Morning After,” and “ISATV Weekly Rewind” a comedic video review of the week's pop culture produced by international music superstars Far East Movement, and Wong Fu Productions, owners of one of the most-subscribed channels on YouTube.
Before her start in comedy and while most of her peers engaged in reckless behavior for sport, Jenny dedicated herself to the Los Angeles labor movement, graduated top of her class in political science at Swarthmore College, and was a PPIA Fellow for a Master’s in urban planning at UCLA.
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Kira Soltanovich: A graduate of the San Diego State University Dramatic Arts Department and with training from the American Conservatory Theatre and The Groundlings, Ms. Soltanovich is extensively trained in every aspect of writing as well. "I loved living in the dorms at college because my father never let me have slumber parties as a kid. He said sleeping on the floor and eating from cardboard boxes was the reason we left Russia."
Recently, Kira optioned a 1/2-hour hybrid comedy with New Line Television starring Scott Baio. Based on her writing and acting, she was selected to be a part of the ABC Comedy Development Showcase where she was named "Hottest new writer". She has shot several pilots this year, including a Pilot Presentation for Comedy Central. You might also hear Kira as the voice of "Carla", a teenage know-it-all, on the animated series, Iggy Cool.
Kira has been a winner, finalist and semi-finalist in a myriad of comedy competitions and festivals, including Comedy Central's Laugh Riots, California’s Funniest Female, Seattle International Comedy Festival, and the Boston Comedy Festival.