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Koji Steven Sakai of Liittle Nalu Pictures, Victor Elizalde of Viva Pictures and Quentin Lee of Margin Films are bolstering Asian American representation by re-teaming for season 2 of Comedy InvAsian, which will spotlight a fresh cast of Pan-Asian/AAPI standup comedians
Comedy InvAsian 2.0 features up and coming comedians; queer Korean-American comedian Aidan Park, Indian-American Vinayak Pal, Thai-American Eli Nicolas, former Chinese beauty queen Jiaoying Summers, Lin Sun of Cambodian descent juggling comedy and mommy duties, Vietnamese-American Rosie Tran by way of Louisiana, and veteran comedian turned skate coach George Wang Jr., and half-Indian/Pakistani-American Nishy XL.
“Global audiences are demanding diversity and Comedy InvAsian is proving to be one of those outlets without compromising quality”, said Elizalde, President of Viva Pictures, as well as producer and distributor of Entre Nos, the leading Latinx standup comedy show on HBO currently in its fifth season.
Each episode of Comedy InvAsian 2.0 features 30-minute sets from the comedians. Four live shows were taped on August 28 and 29 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.
Produced by Little Nalu Pictures with distribution by Viva Pictures Distribution LLC, Season 1 of Comedy InvAsian had its world premiere on Hulu as an exclusive in 2018. Season 2 sees Lee and Sakai producing under Sakai’s aforementioned Little Nalu Pictures banner.
Comedy InvAsian 2.0 features original music created by The Slants, the legendary all Asian-American dance rock band who took on the Supreme Court and won the right to their name in a landmark case. The Slants’ founder Simon Tam and Lee are developing a scripted limited series about the band’s battle against the US Government to trademark their name.