Jimmy Ouyang fights back Asian stereotypes on ‘Good Deal’, which is his new stand up comedy. Yang wants to help people think differently about the stereotypes we believe and how we affect one another through them.
Jimmy Ouyang, who is more commonly known as Jimmy O. Yang, is best known for starring as Jian-Yang in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley, but he is so much more. Yang is not just an actor, but a stand-up comedian and a writer.
Yang’s passion for comedy has been going on for a while, with his first stand up comedy open mic gig at the age of 21 at The ‘HaHa Comedy Club’ in North Hollywood.
Jimmy O. Yang had an interview with The IMBd Show in support of his new stand-up special but confessed in the interview that his dad is still not proud of him.
“When he finally accepted my career, instead of saying ‘Congratulations son, you’ve made it’…what he said was ‘Oh if so easy you can do it, I can do”, Yang said.
His father, Richard Ouyang, then went on to have his own successful acting career. Yang is very happy for him though he planned to be able to relate with his father about the difficulties of the career, instead, his father is enjoying it.
Jimmy O. Yang still gets a lot of encouragement from friends, like actor Remi Hii who has been in full support of Yang and his new comedy show as he fights stereotypes.
Yang has mas previously made appearances in shows like 2 Broke Girls, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Season 9 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Criminal Minds, Broken, The Simpsons, and a few more. He has also voiced over roles in video games like Infamous Second Son.
Then came Silicon Valley which gave him a lot of attention and led to him being cast in more roles like The Internship, Patriots Day, Crazy Rich Asians, Space Force, and most recently in Like a Boss and Fantasy Island.
Yang wants to show the world who he truly is, he has always wanted to be a comedian and now he is using ‘Good Deal’ to use his humour as a way to change peoples opinions on stereotypes of the ‘anti-Asian-American racism’ that is taking place during the coronavirus pandemic.
Let us fight these stereotypes that group people into categories they never asked to be in, we are who we live out to be.
Jimmy O. Yang ‘Good Deal’ was released on May 8, 2020, and can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.