I was sifting through what’s new on Netflix the other day when I spotted a comedy special Ali Wong: Baby Cobra. The image of this petit asian woman with bun in the oven was quickly put on the top of my must watch list as I anxiously wait for the new season of Orange is the New Black.
Ali Wong, is an American Asian comedian born in San Francisco to parents of Chinese and Vietnamese descent. She’s been on the stand-up comedy circuit and in 2011, Variety magazine named her one of the “10 Comics to Watch”. She’s been a TV series regular on NBC’s Are You There, Chelsea? and several other shows and movies. Today, she’s a staff writer for the popular sitcom Fresh Off The Boat — that is loosely inspired by the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang and his book Fresh Off The Boat: A Memoir. The show is the first American TV sitcom to air that stars an all Asian-American cast since Margaret Cho’s show which lasted only one season.
So, here’s Ali Wong in her comedy special that was just released on May 6th but was filmed during one of her stand-up comedy nights while she was 7 1/2 months pregnant. She starts off addressing the pregnancy right off the bat. “It’s very rare and unusual to see a female comic perform pregnant,” she said. And she was right. I couldn’t think of one. But I also thought about how many asian female comedians are there that have achieved this level of success in North America? Yes, only two come to mind.
While I figure that she was going to give us some hilarious pregnancy material as well as asian upbringing scenarios we can absolutely relate to (and she nails them so much so that my eyes laughed so hard that I had tears streaming down my face) but she’s got serious balls. She makes jokes about filthy sex, her love for porn and how she trapped her Harvard husband as well as poking fun on us asians…the longevity of us women and dolphin men. It’s all good. She even manages to stir controversy on feminism (side note: watch to the very end, okay?) and she clearly explains why she isn’t that interested in “leaning in” and chimes in on stay at home wives got it all right.
I won’t give away any of her secrets…but all I can say is now she’s enlightened MY hubby since we watched the special together. Damn it! LOL
You will definitely want to check out the special Ali Wong: Baby Cobra now on Netflix Canada.
Here’s a sneak peek…