My friend and USC colleague Coleman Hough (see her affecting Steven Soderbergh collaboration Bubble if you haven't already) recently told me about a comedian named Suzanne Whang, who also happens to be the host of HGTV's House Hunters. (I'm not going to pretend to know what that is, so if there are any super-gay gays or shut-ins reading this, then fill me in. I assume it's a reality show about people who stalk Hugh Laurie.)
After seeing the following video clip of Whang's irreverent stand-up act, I look forward to catching her live this weekend in Los Angeles. (She's playing in Silver Lake on Friday and Saturday, February 5 and 6, 2010.)
In this clip, Whang takes on the persona of wide-eyed, innocent-looking, fresh-off-the-boat Sung-Hee Park, who proceeds to tell the most jaw-dropping, racially offensive jokes this side of Sarah Silverman. I'm not a huge fan of Silverman's stand-up (I mean, I get her, but she's not for me), but Whang's shtick comes across as fresh and perhaps even a little bit groundbreaking. The first two words out of her mouth alone may just stun you while making you laugh at the same time. But it's definitely not for the easily offended and probably not safe for work. (I mean, it took me a long time to decide whether this clip was okay to post on this blog.) [Addendum: Even Loren said about one particular bit in the clip, "That was the most offensive joke I have ever heard. I will never repeat it." You've been warned.] Watch:
I'm going this Friday. Make it out there if you can.
Check out Suzanne Whang's stellar bio here.
For tickets, go here.